Gar­daí de­fend 20-minute re­sponse time

Bray People - - News -

GAR­DAI have de­fended a twenty minute re­sponse time to a vi­cious and se­ri­ous armed raid at a Ti­na­hely su­per­mar­ket say­ing that a 24-hour ser­vice is avail­able coun­ty­wide and man­aged at the District Garda head­quar­ters in Balt­in­glass.

Store owner at Cen­tra in Ti­na­hely David Whe­lan slammed the sys­tem which sees outer Garda Sta­tions closed in the evenings and con­trol switched to a main sta­tion al­most 25km away.

‘I re­alise that the Gar­daí are prob­a­bly as frus­trated as I am and that they are very un­der-re­sourced and do­ing the best they can but the fact is changes must be made. The Min­is­ter for Jus­tice must look at this sit­u­a­tion which is al­low­ing crim­i­nals to tar­get stores and ter­rorise staff without fear of be­ing caught.,’ he said.

A spokesper­son at the Garda Press Of­fice de­nied that this sys­tem makes ru­ral busi­nesses a tar­get for hard­ened and vi­o­lent crim­i­nals say­ing that while it is not pos­si­ble to have ev­ery sta­tion manned on a twenty-four hour ba­sis an emer­gency re­sponse unit is on hand to deal with such oc­cu­rances.

‘It is not pos­si­ble to have a Garda on ev­ery street cor­ner. Unor­tu­nately it de­pends on the lo­ca­tion of the crime as to how long it will take to re­spond. Very of­ten this would not even make a dif­fer­ence. Gar­daí could be around the cor­ner from a crime and the raiders could be gone within sec­onds.’

The spokesper­son would not con­firm whether or not this raid and one which took place on Au­gust 22 were con­nected but said that CCTV was cur­rently un­der ex­am­i­na­tion and that they are con­fi­dent that progress will be made.

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