OUTSIDE of the capital, Limerick has the highest amount of active investigations ongoing into criminals and the proceeds of crime, according to the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
With 54 full investigations and seven preliminary investigations underway, Limerick City and County has the second highest amount of CAB ‘targets’ after Dublin, according to CAB chief officer Patrick Clavin.
There are seven CAB profilers currently working full time across the Limerick District, officer Clavin told councillors at a recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC).
“61 targets is the highest by a long shot of anywhere else outside of Dublin and its higher then Cork,” officer Clavin said.
“Limerick has been very important to CAB.”
“There has been fantastic cooperation.”
“Limerick is also busy in terms of investigations.”
CAB is a State Body that works locally, nationally, and internationally to recover the proceeds of crime.
CAB officers come from the Gardaí, Revenue and Social Welfare and are assisted by technical and financial investigations.
“We specialise in going after the ill-gotten gains of criminals who could otherwise escape the criminal justice system,” officer Clavin said.
“Our message to the public is that if you suspect someone’s lifestyle is funded by the proceeds of crime - tell us.”
“They flaunt it, you report it.”
“In order to be a target of CAB, you have to be a very good criminal,” he added.
“In order to become the focus of a CAB investigation, the person must be a criminal or have a criminal background.”
“It can’t just be a neighbour you don’t like.”
Members of the public can contact CAB directly by calling 01 6663266 or on the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or by calling Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.