Thurles Gardaí have moved to reassure the people of Littleton that they will use all resources necessary to combat a growing crime wave in the village.
On Monday, Tipperary Division Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe held a meeting with residents and public representatives from Littleton in response to recent articles reported in the national media concerning a spate of serious crimes in the village. Householders have been targeted dozens of times over the past months by criminals believed to be using the motorway system in repeated burglaries and thefts. Some local people have been hit two or three times in a row, and are afraid to leave their houses at night. About 20 people attended the meeting in Thurles Garda Station on Monday to outline their experiences and concerns to senior Gardaí. Chief Supt. Kehoe outlined the number of Policing Operations in place and which are ongoing in the Division.
“Littleton is currently maintaining a detection rate for crimes of Burglary and Theft at 30% which is significantly above the national average,” said Chief Supt. Kehoe. “This figure affirms the work being undertaken in the Tipperary Division to combat this type of crime and enforces the successful results of ongoing Garda Operations in the Tipperary Division.” During the course of the meeting Superintendent Patrick Murphy, local District Officer and Inspector Padraig Powell, Thurles, addressed the concerns of those present and stressed the importance of working together and building on current relationships to better the community at Littleton.Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Thomas O’Dwyer provided advise on the security of premises including personal and home security. Chief Supt. Kehoe added: “Having listened to the recent media reports relating to Littleton, I felt that it was important that An Garda Siochána be afforded the opportunity to address the concerns raised in the media. I fully appreciate the concerns expressed by the community in Littleton.”
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