Killorglin to install CCTV to cut crime

AIDAN O'CONNOR aoconnor@kerryman.ie

KILLORGLIN is to become the first town of its size in Kerry to install a community CCTV system as part of its battle against crime.

The Killorglin Community CCTV Consortium comprises members of the gardaí and several community organisations who joined forces to use technology to beat criminals who, up to now, may have got away unnoticed.

Five cameras will be place at key locations around the town at Bianconi Corner, Mulvihill's Pharmacy, Fair Field, Langford Street — Iveragh Park entrance and Tangney's Opticians (O'Grady's corner).

All recorded images will be stored in lock-fast facilities except when requested by garda authorities, by a member of at least the rank of inspector or through the judicial process.

Images will not be retained after a period of 31 days unless required for the investigation of offences or evidential purposes.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform will provide 70 per cent of the capital cost of the project and the Killorglin consortium must raise the remaining balance.

A team of volunteers will support the scheme on an operational basis, helping to reduce the cost of the overall project.

It is hoped that the cameras will be installed in the town before Christmas but a certain level of the local community's portion of the funding must be raised immediately.

Every household in Killorglin is being asked to support the community effort by way of a contribution of between €10 and €20.

Killorglin Sergeant Ger Scott said this week that the community camera initiative is part of a broader crime- awareness programme that gardaí are implementing in rural towns across the garda division.

He said that the community CCTV system is not a 'big brother' type operation where innocent people's privacy is infringed. He said that it is a community response to making their town a safer pale and part of a message that tells criminals that Killorglin is not a place to ply their trade.

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