A community group in south Laois is to prceed with the installation of CCTV to halt criminals raiding their homes and properties.
Confirmation that the project was to go ahead emerged at the Donaghmore Community Action Group recent annual meeting.
The AGM was attended by Laois Offaly Garda Chief Superintendent John Scanlan and Garda Joe Culleton provided advice and information in relation to the application and consent process for community based CCTV system.
Dominic Lalor and Fran Dooley, both from the Borris in Ossory Community Action Group, gave a detailed presentation on the process and practicable aspects of establishing a CCTV system.
The committee thanked everyone or giving up their time and for the invaluable information provided.
The Committee says it will now be proceeding with applications for consent from the Garda Siochana and Laois County Council to install CCTV cameras and recording systems at about five locations which will include Donaghmore village, Barney Lane and Coolfin Cross. Donaghmore Village and Mooney’s Pub which has been identified as the preferred first location for the CCTV camera.
Access to CCTV recordings will be strictly controlled in accordance with Data Protection. It is anticipated that the planning process will take up to nine months.
The Committee now invites comments and contributions from members of the community in relation to proposals. The group already runs a text alert service.
Donaghmore is one of a number of Laois communities forced to take action because of gang raids.