Councillor Gary Doherty is set to raise a security motion at the next county council meeting following claims that a cross-border gang is operating between Donegal and neighbouring counties in Northern Ireland.
The motion will be tabled following a series of organised crime activity in border regions along the county.
Cllr Doherty says he hoped a cross-border meeting could be arranged between the two policing juristictions about tackling the recent surge in rural crime.
“I now plan to table a motion at the next municipal council meeting with the aim of getting a meeting arranged between the Gardai and the PSNI,” Doherty said.
“I am tabling the motion with a view of getting some kind of coordination for a campaign on this issue because the PSNI are of the opinion this cross-border gang is in operation in Donegal, along border areas.
“I know that the PSNI have been visible on the ground and have already committed to increasing their presence in rural Tyrone, but we need to make sure that Gardaí are doing the same and that means there needs to be proper coordination between the two.”
The action comes after a surge in car thefts along the border, with two car robberies taking place over the Christmas period outside of St.Mary’s Church in Castlefinn.
The councillor also highlighted the number of home burglaries that took place at the back end of the year, with several incidents occurring across rural Tyrone.
The Sinn Fein representative has now urged the general public living along border-regions in the county to take ‘extra precautions’.
“There has been a number of incidents right along the border,” he added. “I would now like to urge the public to be alert and to be aware that this criminal activity is occurring.
“I would suggest that people now secure property, valuables and to take any extra precautions that they can to ensure that they don’t fall victim to any of these crimes.”Tags: