Support is being provided for the provision of community based CCTV schemes as well as text alert schemes.
The Minister is encouraging local groups to apply for part of the €1.1m being made available nationwide.
Minister Katherine Zappone added:
“Everyone is entitled to be safe in their community, their neighbourhood and their home.“In order to achieve this goal we need active communities, where neighbours work together and check in on each other. Such work is deserving of Government support.
“We are fortunate in our local areas to have very active volunteers driving initiatives to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Under the new supports €1m is being made available for the provision of community CCTV schemes. Each project can receive up to €40,000. Nationally a further €100,000 is also available in rebates for the cost of providing text alerts.
“Such schemes can work in any area but are particularly important in the more outlying areas, where the nearest neighbour maybe a car journey away.”
“Combatting crime also includes a strong Garda force.“I am in close contact with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to ensure our stations are getting a fair share of resources, including new Garda recruits as well as some of the new Garda fleet being rolled out.
“Strong communities connected to and working with dedicated Gardaí is the best way to keep local people protected, safe and secure.”