Offaly councillor wants CCTV network installed across the county
Offaly Fine Gaeil councillor John Clendennen has expressed his wish for Offaly County Council to take the lead in the fight against crime by investing in a CCTV network.
Over the past number of weeks almost 1,000 people have spoken with their feet and made their way to Public Meetings at Community Halls in Cloghan, Coolderry and Banagher regarding Community Alert and the response to increasing numbers of burglaries across the Birr Electoral Area.
A spate of burglaries reached an intolerable level with the aggravated burglary which saw local man Richie McKelvey and his dog savagely beaten and locked in a shed almost two weeks ago.
Cllr John Clendennen is now calling for Offaly County Council "to take a lead role in the implementation of a CCTV Network across the area with cameras strategically located with the assistance of An Garda Siochana, local community alert representative and the Joint Policing Committee."
"There has already been attempts made by a number of community groups to introduce Community CCTV but have found the process ‘cumbersome', anticipating that it would take ‘years' to secure approval in addition to securing grants and sufficient fundraising," the Fine Gael man added.
"It is going to take time to secure additional Garda resources for the area but I believe we have a responsibility to people that are living in fear in their own homes, and the roll-out of CCTV led by the Municipal Council is one way we can make a difference in the short to medium term”, Clendennen added.
The CCTV Community Grant provides funding of up 60% capital funding to a maximum €40,000 and Cllr Clendennen is calling for the balance of funding to be secured through the Municipal budget and the project to commence in the coming weeks.
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