Fianna Fáil Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Paul Foley says a new mobile camera initiative will help clamp down on a spate of graffiti incidents in the south Dublin area. The council has approved a motion put forward by Cllr. Foley, which will see CCTV units rolled out across south Dublin in a bid to curb the problem.
Cllr. Foley commented, “Last year South Dublin County Council received almost 400 complaints about graffiti. Most of it has been removed, at significant cost to the council, but it often reappears shortly after the clean-up operation. It is important to portray our community in the best possible light. While some might not consider a single incident of graffiti as that serious, its initial appearance in a location often attracts more graffiti and anti-social behaviour.
“I have been liaising with residents and businesses in the area to come up with a workable plan to tackle the problem. We have identified “graffiti blackspots” and intend to roll out the cameras in these areas, before extending them to other locations. It’s hoped the initiative will not only deter people from defacing public and private property, but also assist in catching those responsible.
“South Dublin County Council will also work with school children in the area, through the Green Schools Programme, to make them aware of the impact of graffiti on the local community. I am also urging members of the public to be more vigilant of graffiti attacks and to report any instances to their local councillor”.