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Walsh, Kathy and McNally, Michelle and Bennett, John (2019) Perceptions of safety among people living and working in the Finglas Community Safety Forum catchment. Dublin: Finglas Safety Forum.

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Among the safety issues:
Other key safety issues for research participants included the use of scramblers, quad motorbikes in the local parks and on local footpaths, levels of illegal dumping and open drug use/drug dealing and street drinking. Vandalism of public and private property were also identified as issues as were the absence of respect for older and more vulnerable residents. The incidence of petty crime, the prevalence of begging (linked drinking in public places expressed as a concern for all survey respondents. FSF will advocate for Dublin City Council to:
a) develop a clear policy for the reporting and safe collection of discarded drug use paraphernalia to be communicated to all living and working in Finglas and
b) to evaluate if safe disposal bins at key locations would be effective in Finglas similar to the bins currently being used in the City Centre.

Recommendation 11: Action to reduce local levels of intimidation in public places Research participants were concerned about groups of people hanging around in public places and/or engaging in open drug dealing and street drinking. The research found that intimidation from drug dealers and others often discourages residents from reporting these incidents to Gardaí. FSF will advocate for a long--‐term commitment by the Gardaí to high visible 24-hour foot patrols within the vicinity of neighbourhood shopping areas and the bus stops most affected, so that residents and business owners can go about normal lives within these locations, unhindered by drug dealing and drinking.

Recommendation 12: Reducing levels of intimidation related to drug debt Within the research it was clear that some local families are regularly threatened with violence if they do not cover a family member’s drug debt. FSF will continue to work with the Gardaí and all relevant local services to find positive resolutions to cases of drug debt intimidation.


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