Joyriders are putting lives at risk in housing estates throughout Drogheda because expensive CCTV security systems which were installed to stamp out such anti-social behaviour, have not been functioning for months.
This revelation, which was made at the recent quarterly Local Policing Forum meeting, has been met with shock by councillors and residents alike.
Chairperson of the Drogheda Local Policing Forum, Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood, says that confirmation that the CCTV was inoperable is a major cause for concern.
"The CCTV outside of the town centre is a vital tool in fighting anti-social behaviour, wider criminality and illegal dumping” Cllr Flood said.
“In recent week’s I had been in touch with the council asking for them to review the CCTV to fight dumping but it was only this evening that it was confirmed that the CCTV is inoperable.
“Although we were assured that the system was under review we were not given a date for the conclusion of that review or indeed when the CCTV will be operable again.
“This is simply not acceptable and I will be pursuing the council to finish their review, repair and reactivate the CCTV in Drogheda” he warned.
At the same meeting Cllr. Paul Bell expressed the frustration of people living in Rathmullan Park and St Finian’s Park over the failure of the Council and the Gardaí to stop a spate of “joyriding” in the two estates which has gone unchecked for four months.
“I share the frustration of all residents as they feel helpless and abandoned by the authorities whom they trust to support them in their fight against lawless and antisocial behaviour” Bell said.
He claimed that young people are driving through the estates at high speed at all hours of the day and night and are going unchallenged.
“I have personally requested Council and Gardaí to act in collaboration to end this lawlessness. So far nothing of any significance has been done and residents continue to be subjected to appalling behaviour in the heart of their own community” he said.
“It is only a matter of time before an innocent child is killed” he warned
“I believe that Council can immediately take steps to frustrate the “joy riding” activity through the installation of bollards and ramps and other obstacles to prevent speeding.
“This action must also be taken to safeguard property which has already been damaged and most importantly to prevent injury and the loss of life.
Bell called on An Garda Siochana to work with Council and the community and, using all available powers, to deal with those involved with such reckless behaviour.