25 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Serious concern in some areas of North Monaghan about break-ins and other crimes being perpetrated by criminal gangs from across the Border was brought to the attention of Monday’s meeting of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee by Sinn Féin’s Brian McKenna.

Colr McKenna told the meeting that home security was a huge issue at the present time. He referred to incidents where criminals came across the Border into areas of North Monaghan, did their work and went back across the Border, and authorities on both sides seemed incapable of catching anyone responsible.

JPC Chairperson David Maxwell referred to a weekend incident in which two Co Donegal Gardaí were injured in pursuit of criminals involved in the theft of copper wire. The patrol car was rammed but the perpetrators of the crime were subsequently arrested. He also noted that two people who had robbed a supermarket in North Dublin had been apprehended by the Gardaí.

He thought the JPC should send their best wishes to the two Gardai who were injured in the course of their duty, and note that the perpetrators of the crime had been caught.

Colr Seamus Coyle seconded this proposal, and agreed that home security should be one of the JPC’s topics for its 2013 work programme. He said that elderly people in particular were very concerned about security in their home at the present time, with some living in fear every night when they went to bed.

Colr Robbie Gallagher said the ongoing closure of Garda Stations throughout the country had increased the levels of fear among their elderly. He felt that break-ins, burglaries and attacks on the elderly were on the increase.

Colr Gallagher added that he was also aware of the high profile incident referred to in Co Donegal. Thankfully the culprits had been successfully apprehended but unfortunately the Garda vehicle was rammed. They had to acknowledge the environment the Gardaí worked in to protect them all, and they were extremely grateful for their efforts.

At a time of scare resources and the closure of Garda Stations such …

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