Kerry councillors advocate grants for security alarms

Grant aid for households to install security alarm systems is being sought in Co Kerry, to combat burglaries.

Kerry County Council is hoping a proposal for assistance will apply for urban and rural areas due to the continuing high risk of break-ins.

The county has experienced an escalation in burglaries over the past year or so.

Thieves targeted cash, jewellery, machinery, and other valuables in homes, in remote areas, and also in town suburbs.

The Killarney area has been particularly affected in recent weeks, notably around the St Patrick’s festival period.

A number of arrests have been made.

Gardaí are also warning householders to lock up their outhouses as thieves are sourcing break-in tools in sheds.

Following a motion from Killarney area Independent councillor Brendan Cronin, the county council is to ask the Department of Finance and the Department of Justice to to make grant aid and tax relief to homeowners to install security alarm systems.

Mr Cronin said alarm systems would be of major assistance in the fight against crime, protecting homes and property.

He attended a recent meeting to set up a community alert in Muckross, Killarney, following break-ins. The idea of tax relief was advocated at the meeting.

Mr Cronin said tax relief would be of benefit but a far more effective and less complicated scheme, and one more likely to succeed, is a grant system for alarm systems.

“These would include surveillance cameras which are of very high standard and effective in identifying thieves. The thieves are targeting rural areas but they are also breaking into homes in towns,” he said.


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