The strength of An Garda Síochána in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown has fallen by almost 18% since 2010. The figures provided to Councillor Cormac Devlin by Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, Niall Collins TD, show that the area has lost a total of 83 officers over the past 5 years. This is well ahead of the comparable figure of 15% for the greater Dublin area.
Commenting on the reduction in the strength of the force, Cllr Devlin said, “The loss of 83 officers, including 3 inspectors, 11 sergeants and 70 rank and file Gardaí has put a considerable strain on the remaining officers. When the Government closed Dalkey, Kill O’The Grange and Stepaside Garda Stations we were promised it would free up Garda resources to tackle crime and increase Garda visibility in our communities.
“While local Garda management and rank and file Gardaí are making every effort to police the district, the loss of 83 officers is having an effect on visibility and may also account for the dramatic increase in crimes like burglary and theft. The latest reported crime figures show burglary rates across Dublin jumped by 17% in 2014, with thefts from cars up by over 16% during the same period.
“I am calling on Minister Frances Fitzgerald to ensure any new allocation of officers corrects the disproportionate cut suffered by the force in Dún Laoghaire” said Cllr Devlin.