The PSNI in Derry has been so successful in cracking down on the city’s criminals it is driving them over the border into Donegal.
That’s the view of Councillor ‘Black Mickey’ Doherty who said the level of concern about the growing number of criminal incidents in the Quigley’s Point- Muff area was such that they recently a s meeting in Quigley’s Point to discuss the issue.
“Crime in Derry is down big time while most of those involved in rising criminality in this area are from across the border. That’s fact.
He went on: “Strange vehicles are no longer being ignored in townlands. Muff and Buncrana Garda Stations are getting 30 to 40 calls a week from the public; they wouldn’t have got that in a year a couple of years back.”
Cllr Doherty said he’s unhappy with the approach taken in regard to border patrols.
“For years there was a sergeant and four gardaí based in Muff. Now there is a sergeant and two gardaí. We certainly need to get more patrols on the ground to send a message out to these criminals.”
He also believes there are ‘big issues’ involved in the crime rate rise in Donegal that needed to be addressed.
“The economic situation is playing a role in the crime rate; there’s absolutely no doubt about that. There are people turning to crime now because, perhaps, they were used to money they don’t have now
“ And the new political situation in the north has unleashed a whole host of criminals who are now working along the border right up from South Armagh to Donegal.
“In Inishowen we are on the hinterland of the fourth largest city in Ireland and the criminals there now know that with all the cutbacks in garda numbers and over time hours they can have a fair expectation they won’t be caught.
“They make a choice - where are the easiest pickings? Answer - here in Inishowen.”