More CCTV needed for Carrick-on-Suir

The Town Council is to investigate securing funding to install CCTV cameras on a Carrick-on-Suir street where an elderly couple were mugged a few weeks ago.

The Town Council is to investigate securing funding to install CCTV cameras on a Carrick-on-Suir street where an elderly couple were mugged a few weeks ago.

The attack on the couple under The Arch at Chapel Street was highlighted at Carrick Town Council’s October meeting where FF Cllr Sylvia Cooney Sheehan tabled a motion calling for more CCTV cameras to be erected in the town especially at this location and also outside St Nicholas Church.

Cllr Cooney-Sheehan said the crime victims were only 100m from their front door when they were mugged.“We can’t have people in this town left in fear of going out at night. I feel we need more CCTV to enable gardai to identify the people who are doing this,” she said.

Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said there weren’t any plans to install extra CCTV cameras in the town but agreed to write to the relevant Government departments to inquire if funding was available for the installation of more cameras at the locations highlighted.

Cllr Cooney Sheehan suggested the Council use funds set aside to upgrade the Town Hall to purchase the extra cameras. The protection of the town’s citizens should take priority, she declared.

The Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke said people in lower Kickham Street had approached him about getting CCTV installed there but he believed more gardai on the streets was what was needed to prevent crime. Local gardai were operating on a “shoe string” of resources, he complained.

He called on government party councillors to lobby their local minister to secure more gardai for Carrick-on-Suir. Cllr Cooney-Sheehan agreed. About 150 people attended a recent public meeting about anti-social behaviour in the town and they were all for more CCTV but believed extra gardai on the streets was more important, she said. If a garda was out sick or away in Dublin for a court hearing there was no one to fill in for them, she added.