Gardai told to increase visibility in safety drive
Gardai have been ordered to increase their visibility as part of a spring 'supporting safer communities' campaign.
Divisional officers have been told to make greater use of patrols by gardai.
Gardai are also being advised to take time to talk to the public and provide crime prevention and road safety information as well as making return calls to victims of crime.
Traffic units will also step up their presence on national primary routes. Mobile speed detection vehicles will be located strategically.
The campaign, launched yesterday by Commissioner Martin Callinan, will operate from today until Monday.
The week-long drive will also be co-ordinated with Operation Fiacla, the nationwide crackdown on gangs responsible for a large rise in burglaries.
Joint-policing committees are being asked to place burglary prevention on their agendas.
The campaign is as a prelude to a big push to bring down residential burglaries. Based on data from 2004 to 2010, there has been a 16pc drop in that category.
Mr Callinan said the campaign gave them an opportunity to remind the public of the small and simple steps they could take to help the force reduce crime.
He was deeply conscious, he added, that communities were sometimes as likely to be affected by fear of crime as they were by a direct experience of it.
Reducing that fear was fundamental to the gardai and that was why they placed a significant emphasis on working with communities.