This week we carry a disturbing report from a Clonmel Borough Council meeting on the level of crime in the town.
Particularly outrageous was the description of two burglaries on an elderly woman’s home in the space of a week - as well as a failed third attempt.
No one should have to tolerate that, especially someone in her autumn years who deserves the chance to live in peace and safety in her own home.
Unfortunatley it is not an isolated case and every week there are reports of burglaries and break-ins at homes around the county.
Such is the invasion and defilement that it is a crime that cuts to the bone.
We support the tributes paid to local gardai, who are doing such a fine job in difficult circumstances, but also echo the demand for greater numbers to combat the criminals.
The country deserves the best possible police force with adequate resources. Many people talk about cutting back on unnecessary expenses, especially in the public service, but few if any call for savings on garda numbers.
A properly resourced service is vital to our democracy and it shouldn’t require mean crimes on elderly women to get that message home to our government paymasters.
How many more burglaries will it take?