Still no CCTV a year after Thomondgate murder

first_img TAGSCrimeNewspolitics Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebook Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Candles light up the area outside Rose Hanrahan home in Thomondgate.Photographs by Brendan GleesonA YEAR after the brutal murder of a Limerick pensioner, there is still no CCTV camera in the area where she lived, despite it being home to many vulnerable older people. Metropolitan Councillor John Costello (SF) told a meeting of the Municipal Policing Committee of Limerick City and County Council that next month marks the anniversary of the death of Rose Hanrahan, who, it is believed, was followed, attacked and strangled in her home after collecting money from the post office.“There have been two murders in Thomondgate in the last 12 months and we still don’t have a CCTV camera. A pole has been erected but there’s no camera. We have to push this on,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was speaking after the committee was briefed by Gardaí on crime prevention measures and related subjects.Crime prevention officer, Sergeant Bernie Leetch, told the meeting that there are now 52 text alert schemes operating in Limerick, mostly in rural areas with two in the city centre.“Text alert enables communities to receive alerts about suspicious or criminal activities and raises awareness. It’s also good for local information and a tool for solving crime,” she explained.She said that Gardaí send texts to designated people about suspicious vehicles or people or activity, as well as using the contact to give advice on crime prevention.“Gardaí get information from the public and when we’re satisfied it is credible, we text or email the group contact.“There is a small cost and there has to be a neighbourhood watch or community alert up and running for it to work,” she said. Sgt Leetch said she is available to help set up such groups.Independent Limerick City North Councillor, John Gilligan said he was perplexed about sending out partial information about registrations of cars and asked why full registrations could not be given.Sgt Leetch said that Gardaí only release the make, colour and partial registrations of suspect vehicles.“We don’t want to put anyone in danger or anyone taking it on themselves to approach a vehicle or person,” she explained.Limerick City East councillor Marion Hurley (FG) asked what a householder should do if confronted by an intruder.“There’s a lot of daytime crime now. A neighbour was working in his home office when he discovered a woman wandering around his house. She said she was lost and he told her to get out. But could he have taken a photograph of her so the Gardaí could pursue it?” she asked.Sgt Leetch said her advice was to keep downstairs doors and windows locked even if you’re at home.“The most important person in that scenario is the homeowner. Don’t get into an altercation – just tell the intruder to get out and let them know that you’re ringing the Gardaí”. WhatsApp Print Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement NewsCrime & CourtPoliticsStill no CCTV a year after Thomondgate murderBy Bernie English – November 23, 2018 1653 Previous articleWorld premiere of The Queen of TechnicolorNext articleMichael Harding and other stories Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Email Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possiblelast_img

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