Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire raised the issue with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, and Junior Minister David Stanton, during a Dáil debate on crime.
He said: “There have been significant numbers of burglaries and robberies in Togher, Lehenaghmore and Glanmire.
“The Carrigaline area, in particular, was hammered over the Christmas period.
“Hardly a day went by without a new report of people snooping around cars. In some instances, people who rang in were told that the squad car was out on an emergency call and no other car was available.
“That is not the fault of gardaí. It is a resourcing issue. Carrigaline is a very significant town, but it is clearly under-resourced in policing terms.
“A CCTV scheme clearly needs to be addressed and rolled out as well. That scheme needs to be approved. All the evidence and anecdotal experience shows it is undoubtedly the case that visible policing is the best deterrent to crime.”