Calls for zero-tolerance policy on criminals taking advantage of Covid-19

Calls for zero-tolerance policy on criminals taking advantage of Covid-19

A zero tolerance policy is needed when it comes to dealing with people conducting burglaries during Covid-19, according to a Cork TD.

It comes following a number of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the Gurranabraher area over the Easter weekend.

Sinn Féin’s Thomas Gould has said some criminals are trying to take advantage of the Gardaí being extremely busy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Especially at a time when everyone is at home, if someone is to commit a burglary they know that there are probably people in the house. To me that’s the very sinister aspect to all of this,” Deputy Gould said.

He also asked for people to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in their areas, and to report any such instances to Gardaí.

Deputy Gould urged people to also monitor and check in on their elderly neighbours to ensure they’re not targeted.

“There’s concern in the community. This is the second time in a week that there’s been burglaries in the community. The Gurranabraher area is an area with a lot of older people, a very settled area.

“People are nervous enough about the Covid-19 crisis, and having to self-isolate, without having to worry about people either breaking into their sheds or their houses or their cars,” Deputy Gould said.

“The Gardaí and judges should have a zero tolerance policy with anyone committing crime during the Covid-19 crisis,” he added.

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