DUNMANWAY’S Town and District Community Alert, together with Cork County Council and An Garda Síochána, is to install community-based CCTV in Dunmanway in a bid to deter crime and anti-social behaviour.
According to the Community Alert chairperson Declan Hurley, CCTV has greatly enhanced existing policing provisions in many of the towns across West Cork.
‘As a result Dunmanway Town & District Community Alert have taken the lead in this initiative in a bid to prevent crime and deter anti-social behaviour in the town, and thereby provide a safer environment for the benefit of the whole community,’ said Mr Hurley.
The project will cost in the region of €35,000, with Cork County Council providing €30,000 and the balance coming from the Town & District Community Alert group.
‘The project involves the installation of 18 security cameras erected at strategic locations throughout the town and we plan to further extend the number of cameras in the town in the coming years,’ he added.
Following a series of meetings between Dunmanway Town & District Community Alert Group, An Garda Síochána and Cork County Council, J&N Security Consultants Ltd were engaged to design and deliver the system.
A detailed survey was carried out and plans for the project went on public display in March of last year. ‘There was strong public support for the project and tenders were sought in July 2016,’ explained Mr Hurley. ‘The contract was subsequently awarded to ADA Security Systems of Rockchapel, and installation works will shortly begin. It is anticipated that the system will go live by mid July,’ he said.
Olive Murray, secretary of the Community Alert group said: ‘We undertook this initiative to match that of neighbouring towns who have already installed similar systems, but more importantly because members of the public had raised numerous concerns regarding property damage and anti-social behavior in the town.’
‘We have been working closely with Cork County Council, the local gardaí and local stakeholders for the past two years to bring about this project, because CCTV is an effective way of enhancing security and supporting the safety of the community within Dunmanway,’ she added.