People all over Ireland suffer effects of crime
New crime data released today tell us something many of us have known anecdotally for a long time. Crime is a widespread phenomenon and it affects the more salubrious and opulent areas every bit as much as the poorer and deprived parts.
The conclusion to be drawn here is not a smug finger-pointing at people in the 'posher' areas. It is the more basic and practical realisation that crime is near enough a universal problem; that too many people suffer as a result of it; and that decent people do not have to continue putting up with it.
In fact, if anything, it is helpful to end pejorative and inaccurate judgments of particular areas and classes of people. We can acknowledge that law-abiding and decent people are in the majority and live in most areas. From this, we can look at ways the majority can collaborate to deal with this small minority who diminish the quality of life for everyone else.
The displays of 'people power' around the country, at meetings where ordinary citizens expressed their anger and frustration, have been cathartic. From here, we must go on to build a public will to intensify the battle against crime.
An important first step has already been taken.