Cllr Johnny Mythen has described a recent spree of burglaries in Cherry Orchard Heights and surrounding area as being an epidemic. The Sinn Féin Councillor has called for new measures to be adopted by local government in the future to help tackle the chaos.
"The recent spate of burglaries in one of the quietest areas in the town has sparked off a fear of insecurity both in the town and the wider community itself," Cllr Mythen said, "Early last week up to four houses were broken into in
Cherry Orchard Heights leaving behind a trail of destruction
and heartache. One young resident who is
getting married shortly had her bridesmaid dresses torn up, tooth paste was smeared on the walls and
floors defecated on."
"Local Garda resources are pushed to capacity to deal with these burglaries, rumoured to be reaching figures of sixteen a week in the Enniscorthy area alone. The ban on public service recruitment has a direct link to the increase of this type of crime. Local communities are becoming fair game for these petty criminals."
"People have a right to feel safe in their own homes. Having your home burgled leaves a gut wrenching feeling equating to an indecent assault on your family and your home. Gardai are doing their best with limited resources. In the meantime these thieves are causing havoc among ordinary decent communities."
"I would suggest in future all new and existing Council Houses should have burglar alarms installed, and the Government should introduce a grant to all home owners for the installation of alarms. This would be cost effective and create employment."