A Co Kildare man is recovering after a horrific ordeal of being tied up in the bathroom of his home in an aggravated burglary.
The man, was letting his dog out for a walk, when two men wearing balaclavas forced their way into his home at Calverstown.
It is understood that at about 9pm, on Tuesday, October 2, two men forced their way in through the back door of the house.
The man was locked into the bathroom of his home and tied up.
The house was ransacked and cash was stolen. A neighbour who came for a visit, heard the screams and rescued him.
Chairman of the Co Kildare Joint Policing Committee, Fianna Fáil Cllr Martin Miley, is deeply concerned about rising levels of crime in the county, especially South Kildare.
In the Ballitore and Nurney areas, according to Cllr Miley, there have been 17 break-ins over the past six weeks.
He slammed the attack on the man in Calverstown.
Cllr Miley said: “It was an attack on his privacy. Elderly people especially are living in fear in South Kildare. He was treated in hospital afterwards and was extremely shaken by this.”
The Cllr is encouraging all pensioners who feel vulnerable to apply for panic buttons.
Meanwhile, he is outraged that Co Kildare is short by 80 Gardaí necessary to properly police the county.
Cllr Miley said: “We need more experienced Gardaí, the retired Gardaí are not being replaced. In Castledermot and Athy, we need two sergeants.”
The Cllr has sent a letter to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris who is banning non - essential Garda overtime, appealing for the decision to be reviewed.
Garda Commissioner Harris has said he has cut discretionary and administrative overtime because An Garda Síochána will significantly exceed its budget this year.
The overtime budget has been overspent by €20million so far this year and Commissioner Harris said this was not a sustainable position.
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