Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (155)

Finian McGrath


155. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide advice to the residents (details supplied) regarding the options available to them regarding anti-social activities, in view of the fact that these residents are fearful of calling the Garda as they may suffer a backlash from this action; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29432/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is the policy of An Garda Síochána to deploy personnel to establish a highly visible and accessible service to communities to tackle crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. If a person feels that a crime has been committed they should contact their local Garda station. All crimes that are reported to Gardaí are fully and thoroughly investigated and offenders brought to justice wherever possible.

In addition, information can be provided to An Garda Síochána by way of the Garda confidential line, 1800 666 111, which is a monitored freephone line that allows members of the public to contact An Garda Síochána with information of a confidential nature.

The allocation of Gardaí and the prioritising of policing matters is a matter for local Garda management who are best placed to respond to localised public disorder and anti-social behaviour. Gardaí engage closely with local communities to identify issues of concern and to respond appropriately. In this regard there is a wide range of legislation available which may be utilised by An Garda Síochána to address incidents of anti-social behaviour and related criminal acts.