Chief Superintendent David Sheahan
THE head of the Limerick garda division says the intensive targeting of the city’s top ten offenders has seen a reduction in crime of more than 25%.
Chief Superintendent David Sheahan says the city’s most prolific offenders have been identified and that those in the top ten are being specifically targeted.
He told members of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) that the individuals, who are responsible for offences such as the stealing of cars, burglaries and shoplifting, are subjected to increased surveillance and scrutiny once they enter the top ten list.
“We are targeting people and we make no bones about it,” he said describing one young man who was recently arrested as a “crime wave on his own”.
Members of the JPC were told the monitoring of bail conditions of those before the courts is an important part of the operation.
Those found to be in breach of bail conditions are then brought back before the courts which, according to Chief Supt Sheahan, have been “hugely supportive” of the efforts of gardai.
As part of the strategy, once those included in the top ten are or taken off the list, somebody else takes their place.
“It is a rolling list, what we do is we monitor them from a number of points of view and if they enter custody they are taken off the list for a while and somebody else is added,” said Chief Supt Sheahan who has credited another operation – codenamed Disruption - for a major reduction in burglaries and car thefts across the city.
As part of that Operation a number of gardai are specifically deployed to target those responsible for such offences from 4pm each day.