Offaly people urged to apply for CCTV funding in wake of recent burglaries
Offaly Fianna Fail TD, Barry Cowen, has urged community groups to apply to the Department of Justice for a new grant aid scheme for CCTV.
The call comes in light of a spate of recent burglaries in Offaly, including an attack on a farmer near Brosna in early November.
The programme, which was launched in April, will provide up to 60% of the cost of a CCTV system.
Deputy Cowen explained, “Community groups, particularly those in rural areas, need to be conscious of security measures. However, for many, installing CCTV would be a very expensive measure and has been overlooked. This scheme will provide organisations with funding to cover up to 60% of the cost of a CCTV system, with a maximum grant of €40,000 available."
He went on to say that, "according to Minister Flanagan, only 5 applications under this scheme have been received by his department to date. I believe groups are simply not aware of the programme and I would like to see a more proactive information campaign undertaken by the Department."
“CCTV is a very effective means of deterring crime, as well as providing evidence in cases of theft or vandalism. I am urging groups, which would benefit from the installation of CCTV to log on to the Department of Justice website at www.justice.ie or alternatively contact my Constituency Office at 057 9321976."
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