landlords could be advised to be more careful about who they rent their properties to, suggests Laois’ new Garda Chief Super John Scanlon.
His idea was in response to complaints in Mountmellick about recent residents of College Avenue, who appeared in court last week following several reported incidents of begging and intimidation.
“We will investigate and bring cases to court, but perhaps we can publicise the need for landlords to be more careful about who they rent their properties to,” said Chief Supt Scanlon.
Inspt Martin Harrington asked that people make formal reports of any incidents in the town.
“If they commit an offence, they can be prosecuted, we are totally dependent on you to come forward, this is your town,” he said at last Thursday’s JPC meeting with town councillors.
Town Council Chairman Cllr Pat Bowe agreed that tenants should be vetted, and said every crime should be reported immediately.
“Bringing it to councillors is not the proper route, do not be afraid to go to local Gardaí. We are now making positive moves, there has been a vast improvement in the square, but we need to communicate or we are not working together. We need to stay on top of crime, and have a better system of vetting people.
“Private landlords will rent to anyone, we have to work to make this a better town to live in and to do business in,” he said.