Written Answers. - Urban Crime.

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asked the Minister for Justice in view of the ever-increasing incidents of urban crime if he will consider taking steps to encourage local communities and residents associations to become involved in a neighbourhood watch system in full co-operation with the local gardaí, to report instances of crime, encourage witnesses to come forward and report suspicious circumstances, as neighbourhood watch systems are working to positive effect in cities in England and the U.S.

I would refer the Deputy to my speech in the House on 4 May 1983, in replying to the debate on the Criminal Justice (Community Service) Bill, 1983, in which I mentioned that I was considering this matter (Official Report, column 328).