Joyriding and burnt out cars are plaguing many housing estates

By Mary Dennehy

THE issue of joyriding and burnt out cars in estates is still firmly on the community’s agenda, with this type of anti-social behaviour still going full-throttle in neighbourhoods, reports Mary Dennehy.

Last week, residents in Jobstown woke up to another burnt out car, a situation plaguing many estates right across Tallaght.

Jobstown car

The car burnt out over a boundary wall

When contacted by The Echo last week, a South Dublin County Council spokesperson said: “The council is aware of recent incidents and continues to work with An Garda Siochana in relation to such activity.  

“There are a number of locations within the county where encroachments have been made (through boundary walls) on a regular basis and which are being examined by the council for possible suitable reinforcement options.

“In the interim, in interest of health and safety immediate arrangements are being made for the removal of the vehicle in question.”

According to figures previously provided to The Echo, South Dublin County Council experienced a 245 percent increase in reports of burnt out cars in communities in 2017, after reports jumped from 53 in 2016 to 183 last year.

These reports led to the council removing 120 burnt out vehicles and attempting to reinstate or secure areas, all at a cost to local communities.

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