Help us tackle violent crime.
Violent crimes dominate the front pages of our newspapers with depressing regularity. Crime statistics released by the Central Statistics evidence a worrying trend emerging whereby violent crime is becoming the norm. In particular, we have seen increases in murder, threat to murder and aggravated burglary.
These statistics underscore the need for a strategy to combat this. This must be a strategy that strikes a balance between prevention through early intervention and robust law enforcement.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to tackle violent crime
Ensure that the Gardaí use evidence-based tactics by targeting hotspot areas and focus on population groups most likely to commit violent crime (young males between 18 – 39 years old).
A dedicate taskforce
Establish a Serious Violence Taskforce that will bring together the voluntary sector, local government, the Gardaí and other key sectors
Introduce focused deterrence policing which hones in on specific problems in a community, such as drug dealing, generally violent behaviour, gangs, or gun violence.
Deal with offensive weapons
Review the legislation dealing with offensive weapons with a view to strengthening it.