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Councillors Welcome Increased Surveillance In Malahide

CCTV surveillance in Malahide Demesne is to be extended to ward off thieves from the Castle’s car parks.

Theft from vehicles at the demesne’s main car parks is a growing problem and the management team at Malahide Castle and the County Council have resolved to tackle the issue with more CCTV coverage.

Earlier this year, local councillor, Anthony Lavin (FG), had called on the County Council to outline what can be done to resolve a number of issues in the Malahide area, including reported break-ins to vehicles. He originally said he wanted the Council to take a more proactive approach to tackling the issue, and said that the use of extended CCTV cameras, combined with the greater powers that park rangers could get, would make a real difference to the issue. 

He told the County Leader: “While I do welcome that additional measures are being taken to resolve the problem, such as enhanced CCTV cover of the area and signage warning visitors not to leave valuables in their cars, I continue to Iament the fact that park rangers do not have greater powers to stop crime in our public parks. If they had, this might make a real difference. However, I very much welcome this latest move to tackle the problem and I hope the scheme will be rolled out sooner rather than later.”

The car park closest to the castle is to get new CCTV cameras as well as the entrance and exits at the Bridgefield end of the park.

Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), who called for an extension of CCTV coverage at a recent Council meeting, following what he said was “quite a number” of thefts in the main car parks recently, also welcomed plans to increase surveillance.