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Policing Levels in Kildare: The response from public meetings in Clane & Leixlip

Press Release | 21st November 2012

This month I hosted two public meetings aimed at facilitating a discussion between local representatives and Kildare residents on the lack of policing resources in Kildare.

At the two meetings held in Clane and Leixlip, Kildare residents expressed an immediate need for increased visibility of Gardaí across the County and an improvement in the response times to crimes reported.

There are many serious crime issues facing the residents of Kildare, from drug dealing to a higher than national average level of burglaries and our policing levels are just not matching the need. With one Garda for every 666 residents, it has the worst Garda staffing ratio in the country. If we know this then so too do the criminals. Resources must be in line with population, and Kildare has, for decades, witnessed a huge level of population growth but the resources have not followed. This must change.

People at the meetings expressed concern regarding scrap-metal thefts and the emergence of the cash for gold outlets which many see as leading to an increase in home burglaries. There were calls for stronger legislation in this area and a serious review of the monetary cost to the State of the anti-social behaviour that is increasing throughout Kildare.

The Garda presence must increase and it must be visible. People need to see that there are Gardaí available and that those Gardaí will respond in a timely manner if called upon. It is vital that people in Kildare can have trust in their policing service.

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