The Thurles area has yet again been hit by a series of burglaries last night. Thurles Gardai are working tirelessly to apprehend the perpetrators of these crimes and investigations are ongoing.
Cllr. David Doran spoke of his growing concern regarding the latest burglaries. Speaking to Tipperary Times this morning, Cllr. Doran stated “This latest series of burglaries has left people terrified in our community, particularly the elderly”. Cllr. Doran went on to explain his ambitions on how the community could help to solve this problem by explaining “To solve this problem, communities need to empower themselves and to organise action groups”. He went on to say “I think the local authourity should be taking more ownership of issues like this, the Gardai are doing a great job but we need the community to work together to try to stop the rate of recent robberies. I want this to be this to a cross party, cross political movement, and not just a political activists, but we need community leaders to step forward too.”
Dorans sentiments were echoed by Cllr. Seamus Hanafin of Fianna Fáil. Hanafin was concerned that the increased crime rates around the Thurles area is now leaving inhabitants feeling vulnerable in their own homes. Hanafin this morning stated “The crime rate in Thurles has cancer in community, it leaves people feeling vulnerable in their own homes, existing services such as the community alert and community text alert need to be improved and people need to be made more aware of them”. Hanafin applauded the continued hard work of the Gardai and acknowledged they are working tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice. Speaking on what can be done to help the community in the future, Hanafin was hopeful that solutions could be found to the current issue, but stressed that in the interim that the community should work together and be vigilant for antisocial behaviour in an effort to bring the current crime rate to an end, “We need look out for our neighbours and neighbourhoods, elderly people are now feeling unsafe, we need the community to be vigilant while we work on solutions to this current problem”.
If you have any information regarding recent robberies, or if you need to contact the Gardai, you can phone Thurles Gardai on 0504-21111