County wide CCTV for Offaly 'broadly welcomed'

The system would tackle rural crime

Justin Kelly

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County wide CCTV for Offaly 'broadly welcomed'

County wide CCTV for Offaly 'broadly welcomed'

Offaly County Councillor and RENUA party leader John Leahy has hailed the 'progress' on a concept for county wide CCTV to tackle rural crime in Offaly.

He has indicated that a motion put forward to implement such a system was "broadly supported" at an Offaly County Council meeting on Monday.

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His proposal put forward a plan for a joint operation between the Council and An Garda Síochana. Their role would include the planning, coordination, monitoring and future maintenance and upgrade of a county wide CCTV system.

"Offaly County Council will now draw up a blue print to reflect the optimum number of cameras required in strategic locations that would provide CCTV security for the entire county in consultation with An Gardaí Síochána,"Leahy said.

"This report will be brought to the next Joint Policing Committee meeting in early 2018," he added.

The plan is in response to a rise in rural crime, especially burglaries in the county and wider Midlands region over the last 12 months. 

The family of a farmer attacked in his home near Birr in November have also being echoing calls for a similar system to counteract the night time activities of traveling burglary gangs.

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