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22/09/2021

Prosperous residents concerned that judicial system 'too soft' for repeat offenders

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  A meeting attended by concerned Prosperous residents highlighted the feeling that the judicial system is too soft on repeat offenders. There was significant local interest in a crime and security meeting held in Dowlings of Prosperous  on Monday night. Cllr.  James Lawless chaired the meeting and was joined by two speakers, Sergeant George Doherty, Kildare Crime Prevention Garda and Cathal Daly, an independent security consultant from Kilcock. Both speakers offered a range of advice on how to protect your home and offered practical tips as well as a range of products which could be used to secure domestic and outdoor items. A number of speakers from the crowd offered accounts of criminal activity and said the judicial system was too soft on repeat offenders. One speaker said in rural areas that burglars enter land on pretext of hunting but in reality to ‘scope out’ properties. Others  discussed  the ‘criminal code’ which can be left to mark houses. Cllr. Lawless showed the meeting such a marking which he had been called out to see recently. Cllr. Lawless  said he is committed to raising specific issues with the Chief Superintendent, whilst Sgt. Doherty would do the same. Cllr. Lawless summarised saying it was a very productive meeting which helped to channel community concerns in a practical way.  

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