CCTV for Balbriggan Main StreetJanuary 18, 2018 ADMIN 0
Cllr Tony Murphy calls on Fingal County Council to install CCTV along the main thoroughfare of Balbriggan due to an escalation of anti-social behaviour. The key objectives of the Scheme would be to enhance existing policing provision within the community, assist in the prevention and reduction of local crime, disorder, anti-social activity and to increase community involvement in the provision of legitimate, integrated responses to prevent and reduce crime in local areas in association with appropriate agencies.
There are issues in Balbriggan with the number of Gardaí available and CCTV would aid in supporting evidence to address crime and anti-social behaviour in the public spaces says Murphy. The local Gardaí have expressed support for the provision of CCTV and agreed it would aid them in their duties.
In response to Cllrs Murphy’s motion Fingal County Council replied; The Fingal Joint Policing Committee is currently undertaking a pilot CCTV project at Corduff, Dublin 15 to assess the operational management, cost benefit and overall effectiveness of the use of public CCTV in an urban location. When this pilot project concludes, it is intended to use the information from the project to design a framework within which requests for CCTV schemes may be assessed and prioritised.
The Department of Justice and Equality provide financial assistance to qualifying local organisations towards meeting the capital costs associated with the establishment of local community CCTV systems. The maximum grant available is €40,000. Within this limit, grants of up to 60% of the total capital costs of the system may be awarded. With this funding opportunity in place Fingal County Council should act now says Murphy.