Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that rural Meath will see the provision of CCTV in rural areas, which is to be funded from the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
The Ratoath based TD said “it is no secret that crime is on the rise in County Meath and it is both our housing estates and rural residential areas that are being targeted on a daily basis. I was delighted to hear the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, recently announce the provision of CCTV in rural areas, which is to be funded from the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. “I know I am not alone in welcoming CCTV to our rural areas which will certainly aid a robust crime prevention strategy for our rural areas in Meath. This will of course be in combination with the existing community based CCTV scheme which provides financial assistance to local organisations towards meeting the capital costs associated with the establishment of a local community CCTV system. To date a total of €3.76m was allocated to fund 43 Community Schemes.” Doherty continued “CCTV schemes certainly have a part to play in the detection of anti-social behaviour and criminality but of paramount importance is a visible and responsive policing service. There is no doubt but that this Government is determined to ensure that An Garda Síochána has the resources to deliver highly-mobile and responsive Garda patrols in both rural and urban communities. “We have secured an allocation of a further €5.3m to An Garda Síochána for the purchase of a further 260 vehicles between now and the end of the year. This investment in a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose Garda fleet will continue under the Government’s Capital Plan 2016-2021 which provides an additional €46 million for new Garda vehicles over the life time of the Plan. "This substantial level of investment will be accompanied by the ongoing recruitment of new Garda with 600 to be recruited next year on top of the 550 to be recruited by the end of this year.” Concluding, the Meath East TD said “Communities, and particularly rural communities, place great value on CCTV and it is essential that we continue to invest in all aspects of our crime prevention measures.”