This week Mary attended meetings of the Glasnevin-Drumcondra Communities Policing Forum and the Cabra Community Policing Forum where a spike in burglaries in Drumcondra Glasnevin over the last three months was confirmed. Gardaí reported that thirty burglaries were reported in Glasnevin as compared to five in Cabra from July to the end of September ’18.
Commenting following the meetings Mary said, “Since July, there has been growing concern in the Glasnevin area regarding public safety and the lack of Garda presence on the streets to deter anti-social behaviour and thieves.
“This summer a number of aggravated burglaries and assaults took place after thugs attempted to rob the homes of vulnerable people in the area. We now know for fact that some 30 burglaries took place in Glasnevin alone, three of which were aggravated burglaries.
“This spike in burglaries exposes the deficits in Garda resources allocated to the Drumcondra-Glasnevin region. The closure of Whitehall Garda Station in 2015 instantly resulted in less Gardaí in the area and few alternative measures were put in place.
“I urge all residents to be vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity by dialing 999. ”
Mary continues to work to get increased Community Gardaí allocated to foot and push bike patrols on the streets of Dublin Central.