Gardai appeal for help in run-up to Halloween
GARDAÍ are appealing for the public’s help in the run-up to Halloween to prevent dangerous situations from developing.
Superintendent Gerry Curley has asked people to alert the guards if they see tyres and pallets being collected for bonfires; as well as fireworks.
‘Bonfires have the potential for serious criminal damage,’ he said.
Addressing the annual public meeting of the Joint Policing Committee, he instanced Blackrock as being a particular problem at Halloween.
‘Young people are going out there, and congregating on the beach, causing difficulty.’
However, there are also problems in areas of Dundalk, as well as Knockbridge, Greenore, Carlingford and Omeath, the superintendent went on.
Moving away from Halloween, Mr. Curley gave an overview of the crime situation in the JPC area, which covers the town, north Louth and out to the border.
In the category of burglaries, thefts and robberies, there has been a reduction as a result of Operation Scale, ‘ but it is still an area of concern.’
The guards have given public order a lot of attention, and there has been an 18% increase in detections because of this pro-active approach.
Supt. Curley said Carlingford, ‘a great attraction for many groups’, has public order problems, particularly on bank holiday weekends; and special operations have been put in place.
He also revealed that the new Carlingford ferry ‘ has led to public order offences.’
Meanwhile, assaults causing harm, and minor assaults, are an issue; and Supt. Curley spoke of the division’s new protective services unit, a specific unit dealing with sexual assaults.
On the subject of domestic violence, he pointed out in the majority of cases no complaint is made, so there is little the guards can do to bring these matters to court.
However, in order to offer victims support, gardaí have a one-week call back system in place.
Business Watch has been operating for over a year, and there is one officer on full-time town centre patrol; with other patrols to be increased leading up to Christmas.
Dissident activity is monitored on a daily basis, the superintendent continued.
He said investigations into the murders of Irene White and Detective Adrian Donohoe are ongoing, with a number of people deployed on them, ‘full-time, all the time.’
There are two ethnic liaison officers meeting with ethnic minorities on a regular basis; while Supt. Curley reported that the garda youth diversion projects in Cox’s Demesne and Muirhevnamór have been successful.
Garda Superintendent Gerry Curley who attended the meeting.