Weekly reports of thefts, break ins and assaults in Clondalkin are causing unrest in the community.
Residents of the Dublin 22 postcode are living in fear due to weekly reports of anti-social behaviour that are posted on the ‘Clondalkin Neighbourhood Watch’ Facebook page.
One user wrote: “A group of 7 young teenagers just broke into a car in Mill Park, smashed the window and took what they could. My partner witnessed it and shouted at them to leave but they just laughed. I rang the Garda but all their cars were busy, happened two hours ago and still no Garda around.”
The page was set up in 2013 to alert residents of any social misconduct and is regularly inundated with eyewitness accounts of crime.
There have also been reports of more serious crimes in the area being committed by another young group of teens.
“My son and his friends were attacked at the mill shopping centre today by a group of at least 14 teenagers. This is the third time in the last few months that this group have done this and the Garda don’t seem to be able to do anything about it,” wrote one mother who was affected.
A recent CSO publication revealed that there was a 13 per cent increase in attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences from 2017 to 2018.
“I think the minister must allocate more recourses to tackle the increasing crime rate in the area. Lack of funding means that Gardaí cannot properly function in their roles,” said South Dublin County Councillor Trevor Gilligan.
He explained that it’s a shame that residents are feeling endangered in their own communities.
“We have a great, tightly knit community and it’s a shame that more and more people in the area feel unsafe in their own village whether it be going out for a walk or generally out and about in the area. More needs to be done to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area,” he said.
A source, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to the College View about an incident that happened to him before Christmas.
“I was walking to the bus at 2 in the afternoon when a lad in a tracksuit cornered me and took a knife out of his pocket. He seemed to be on drugs and he threatened to stab me. It was completely unprovoked but I managed to run from him through a housing estate. I’m still very wary about walking through the village during the day. It’s terrible that you can’t even relax in your own parish,” he said.
The Garda press office stated that “at present Clondalkin Gardaí are unable to comment on or provide quotes in relation to ongoing operations within the Clondalkinarea to any external sources.”
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