| 21.6°C Dublin

Graffiti blackspots fitted with CCTV to deter vandalism

GRAFFITI blackspots in south Dublin are to be monitored by CCTV in a bid to stamp out the vandalism.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council made the announcement as part of an initiative to deter offenders.

Despite a "huge effort" by the local authority to remove graffiti in recent years, the problem persists, it said in a statement.

Some 10,000 square metres of graffiti - the size of football pitch - was removed last year alone.

Dun Laoghaire officials are targeting the problem areas by installing "a number of visible and hidden CCTV cameras".

The local authority said: "Our first project is to protect The Metals, a historic walking route running from Dalkey to Dun Laoghaire.

"The installation of CCTV cameras along the route is now complete.

"The council is working closely with Dun Laoghaire garda station to assist their Operation Slogan campaign which aims to apprehend graffiti culprits."

Fine Gael councillor Barry Ward said the problem is concentrated in certain areas.

"I don't think it's a big problem but there are blackspots and The Metals is one of them," he said.

"It's definitely a problem on The Metals. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has spent a lot of money doing it up.

DETERRENT

"It has been established as a tourist attraction and you have certain people who are spraying graffiti on it.

"The initiative is really meant to be a deterrent. We can't allow it to continue to happen."

Dun Laoghaire is getting a lot of negative publicity, but graffiti is not something that is a major problem generally, he added.

Mr Wood said the initiative will be concentrated in areas where there is not a great deal of footfall.

Evidence of anyone caught on cameras committing such acts will be passed on to the gardai for investigation.

The council also called on the public to be more vigilant and to pass on any evidence to gardai.

In March, the Department of the Environment announced that Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council would receive €138,050 to fund anti-litter, anti-graffiti and public area enhancement projects.

The owners of private property are responsible for cleaning away graffiti, while the council maintains public spaces.

The council also provides cleaning kits to community and resident groups who carry out the work themselves.

comurphy@herald.ie


Privacy