New anti-burglary plan will send strong message to criminals in Dublin North West – Rock
A new operation introduced by An Garda Síochána will see tougher sentences and stricter bail for repeat offenders – this will impact positively on crime rates in Dublin North West, said Fine Gael General Election candidate Noel Rock today.
“Operation Thor will benefit from increased Government investment of €5 million,” Councillor Rock explained, adding: “While operational planning is a matter solely for the Garda Commissioner, this new operation delivers on increased investment in policing by this Government to tackle burglaries and related crime.” 
“Operation Thor is aimed at tackling burglars, organised crime gangs and prolific offenders as well as working with communities to prevent crime.
The key elements include: 
• The use of new high powered vehicles by the armed Regional Response Units; 

• Extra high-visibility patrols in identified burglary hot-spots;

• Increased used of checkpoints to tackle the criminal gangs using the national road network; 

• Efforts to disrupt the stolen goods market; 

• Programmes to help reduce re-offending by prolific offenders; 

• A high-profile national crime prevention awareness campaign to be launched later this month; 

• Targeted crime prevention advice for local communities; 

• Enhanced supports for victims.
“Fine Gael in Government has reopened Templemore, with 1,150 Gardaí being recruited. We have invested over €34 million in new Garda vehicles since 2012 with over 640 new vehicles in 2015, ranging from more Garda patrol cars to high-powered vehicles for armed units. This will ensure Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive, on the roads and in the community,” he concluded.