Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed clarification from Tipperary Garda officials that the detection rate for crimes of burglary / theft in Littleton is 30 per cent, which is above the national average.
He said that this showed the Garda Division was working to address concerns of the local community in Littleton regarding crime rates in their area.
“Several people contacted me about this safety issue which is a just worry to many residents. I share the sympathies of people in Littleton and surrounding areas as burglary has become a problem in rural areas. While more needs to be done, Fine Gael in Government is addressing policing in Tipperary and we have increased investment in our Garda fleet by 13 and improved Garda technologies. Five gardai were assigned to Thurles Garda station; €27.5m was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014, which was an increase on the €4.8m allocated by the previous Government in Budgets 2009-2011,” said Deputy Coonan.
He said that since the Coalition had come to power, the Government had reversed the previous Government’s decision to halt Garda recruitment.
“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the first and only Taoiseach to attend a passing out parade in Templemore in July of this year, which reinforces our ongoing commitment to restoring our Garda force. Garda students will continue to enter the college into the future. We recognise people need more protection and we are correcting this issue,” he said.
Deputy Coonan continued: “Chief Supt Catherine Kehoe outlined the policing operations in place and addressed concerns raised in the media about crime rates in Littleton. Supt Kehoe assured all that there is and will continue to be ongoing co-operation and support between the community at Littleton and An Garda Siochana,” said Deputy Coonan.
“This meeting was a platform for local people to meet with members of An Garda Siochana and outline their views. It was also a good opportunity to advise on the security of premises including personal and home security,” he said.