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Crime prevention

Crime Prevention Officers

All members of An Garda Síochána promote crime prevention and reduction. However there are also dedicated Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs) within each Garda Division. These CPOs are trained to encourage, promote and advise on crime prevention to both the private and business community.

To contact your local Crime Prevention Officer, please go to the List of Crime Prevention Officers 

The National Crime Prevention Unit 

In addition to Divisional CPOs, there are also CPOs based at the National Crime Prevention Unit (NCPU) in Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2.   

The NCPU’s responsibilities include:-

  • The promotion of crime prevention and reduction
  • Research into best practice
  • The development of policies and strategies
  • Training for CPOs

The National Crime Prevention Unit can be contacted at:- 

National Crime Prevention Unit
Garda Bureau Community Engagement
Garda Headquarters
Harcourt Square
Dublin 2
D02 DH42 

Tel: +353 1 666 3669

Mobile Phone Safety

The following practical measures can help in preventing and reducing mobile phone theft:

  • Register your mobile phone with your service provider.
  • Take careful note of your unique 15 digit mobile phone International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. By pressing *#06# on your phone keypad the IMEI will appear on the screen.
  • Enable the PIN Security feature and keep your phone locked at all times.
  • When out and about, keep your mobile phone out of public view, be streetwise and always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Never leave your mobile phone behind in an unattended vehicle.
  • If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, contact your mobile phone service provider immediately to suspend your service and prevent unauthorised calls being made and billed to you. Your provider will block your SIM card and IMEI number to prevent your phone from being used on the mobile network.
  • Report the loss or theft to An Garda Síochána, providing identification numbers for your SIM card and IMEI number. This information may assist in the recovery of your mobile phone. 

Campus Watch

Campus sites are busy places with large numbers of people going about their daily routines. They form a concentration of a vast range of people from: campus staff, workers, visitors, to the students themselves.

The very nature of a campus, where unfamiliar faces are common and accepted, lends itself to the work of the criminal who can blend in quite easily around halls of residence. For example, it is not unusual to see people carrying backpacks and other items without suspicion.

For students on tight budgets, expensive items are difficult to replace, and it is highly advisable to spend a short time considering how effective measures can be taken to reduce the possibility of theft. The good news is that there are a number of actions you can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

Campus Watch is similar to a residential Neighbourhood Watch scheme in that it is a crime prevention and community safety programme. It operates as a partnership between An Garda Síochána and the Campus occupants. It works on the basis that every member of Campus can help to improve the quality of life on site by keeping a look out for students, staff and visitors, and reporting suspicious activities to the Gardaí.

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