Louth County Council

Dundalk councillor calls for CCTV investment to combat crime and illegal dumping

Cllr Keelan wants the investment in both rural and urban areas

Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Dundalk councillor calls for CCTV investment to combat crime and illegal dumping

Dundalk councillor calls for CCTV investment to combat crime and illegal dumping

Dundalk councillor Conor Keelan has said that an investment in CCTV in both urban and rural areas could be an effective tool to help “tackle the scourge of illegal dumping and crime in both urban and rural areas”

“Community groups, residents associations and the business community must be assisted with applications that they make to secure funding for CCTV as a crime prevention mechanism”, said Cllr Keelan, “and also as a way to assist the local authority by helping further tackle illegal dumping”.

He continues, “equally local authority and gardai must form sectoral agreements to overcome potential barriers that the GDPR legislation has presented us with for the benefit of all.

“Where required the local authority must step in and provide CCTV as a means of tackle future crime where the local community cannot.

Giving an example of a local incident Cllr Keelan added, “only last weekend in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Dowdallshill a car was robbed in the graveyard when someone was visiting a grave.

“As there is a plan to invest in railings, which I have been calling for, I think it would also be prudent to invest in either CCTV or employing a caretaker there to make visitors feel more safe”, the Dundalk/Carlingford councillor concluded.