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Flats get €75k 'live' camera to beat crime

A €75,000 live-monitored security camera system is to be installed in a Dublin flats complex to combat crime.

The new move is part of Dublin City Council's bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour in council developments.

The council is looking for a company to provide, install and operate the system, which is being funded by the Department of the Environment.

The cameras will be placed in the Dolphin House complex in Dolphin's Barn in the south inner city.

While CCTV is in operation in many of local authority's developments, Dolphin House will be the first to have live monitoring of the cameras, Cllr Criona Ni Dhalaigh told the Herald.



"There is already CCTV there but it is not live-monitored at the moment. It will be done by a company but gardai will have access," she said.

Ms Ni Dhalaigh said the cameras will be viewed live at the times of day when crime and anti-social behaviour is at its worst.

With the new system, gardai will be alerted immediately at the first sign of trouble and the individuals can be followed or arrested, she added.

Ms Ni Dhalaigh said: "The community has been looking for it for a long while. It's very welcome and we're really hoping it will make a difference. We're hoping to get live-monitoring at the other complexes as well.

"We're now looking for it at St Teresa's Gardens (in Dublin 8). This (in Dolphin House) will be the first one in Dublin South Central."