Over 50 Charlesland residents attended a crime prevention meeting, organised by Social Democrat Cllr Jennifer Whitmore and local resident Mark Barry, in the Charlesland Community Centre last night. The meeting sought to address the concerns of residents following a spate of recent break-ins in the area and to identify ways that the community could work together with the Gardai to prevent crime in the estate.
Whitmore said “Every year, in the run up to Christmas, the Gardai notice a spike in crime, and this year is no different. There has been a few burglaries recently in Charlesland and residents contacted me to see what could be done to address the problem. I was delighted to see so many residents come out last night as they will be the most important ingredient in making sure that crime is tackled in the area. Tensions ran high at times as people were concerned about the lack of a visible garda presence in the area, and I have undertaken to raise it as an issue with the Superintendent. I will also raise the issue with the local management companies and look into the possibility of getting CCTV installed.
Whitmore continued “I would like to thank Garda Maria Curtis and Garda JP Connolly for coming along to the meeting and giving us advice on crime prevention. Local Community Garda Curtis has also agreed to hold a ‘Coffee with a Cop’ coffee morning in Tigernut Cafe and to visit the area more regularly.
Mark Barry, co-organiser of the meeting and local resident, said “It was agreed that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme be set up and area coordinators were identified to lead the scheme in the Court, Wood, Park and Grove. We will now need people to volunteer to get involved as street coordinators to ensure the scheme is successful. If anyone would like to help, please contact Cllr. Whitmore or myself at [email protected]