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Strong Garda presence to patrol Dublin city centre on weekend evenings to tackle anti-social behaviour

A strong Garda presence will be patrolling Dublin city centre on weekend evenings to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Over 100 Gardaí will be patrolling the city as part of Operation Citizen which began two weeks ago on October 22nd when nightclubs and late bars reopened.

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The extra Garda patrols have resulted in a reduction in crime trends with an increase in arrests and prosecutions.

These patrols have been implemented amid calls from businesses, residents and Garda teams who have said that they have felt unsafe over the past few months.

Assistant Commissioner for the Dublin Region Ann Marie Cagney said the operation focuses on areas where anti-social behaviour was most prominent and where people congregate.

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The operation consists of both uniformed and plain-clothes Gardaí and has resulted in a 30% increase in high-visibility presence.

“This is a means of reassuring people that our city is very safe and we’re putting those supports in place so that they can enjoy it.”

With figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealing that Dublin has the highest crime rate but the lowest detection rate, Cagney hopes that the situation will improve due to a regional detection plan which is now in place.

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