€20,000 bill to fix rammed anti-crime cameras


The blas equipment cost Dublin City Council more than €60,000 to upright last

December but has been so successful in tackling crime and anti-social manners in the area that what are believed to be local criminals demolished it in imprecise daylight on April 17.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Daithi Doolan disclosed despite the €80,000 cost of installing and repairing the system it is vital it is reinstated as lickety-split as possible.

Dublin City Council said the cost of the system, which overlooks the structure of a modular homes complex, included two poles, eight cameras and wireless associations to Ballyfermot Garda Station.

“It is vital that the cameras go back up because there has been a conspicuous drop in crime and anti-social behaviour in the area since they were instituted,” Cllr Doolan told the Herald.

“We need to make it a priority. I certain that the money would make a difference on other projects but the fait accompli that someone went to such lengths to destroy it only betrays how effective it has been,” he added.

“This wasn’t the only attack. There take been attempts to break it since it was being erected.

The council desire have to think of ways to protect the system further so that it can’t be bopped again.

“Maybe by putting bollards around it and trying to second- estimate what criminals might do next and that might further add to the set someone back,” Cllr Doolin said.

He said he has brought up the topic of the CCTV methodology with gardai and the council and stressed that extra gardai are also needed in the quarter.

“We have been promised two new gardai by the end of the year but that’s an insult.

We could do with 22 new gardai to be frank,” he said.

The pole-ramming incident happened in broad daylight when the stolen rubbish was driven onto grass at Cherry Orchard Avenue and reversed at shoot into the metal pole on which the surveillance system was mounted.

Portrays at the time showed how the pole was uprooted in the impact and the truck abandoned at the whereabouts.

The camera system was being used to monitor a construction site across the highway where a development of modular houses is being built.

There has been torment at the site in the past when protests took place as some regional groups opposed the building of the homes.

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