I was impressed to read in today's independent that the Gardai are finally using some cop on and getting proactive.
Sharp reduction in break-ins as crime patterns cracked - Independent.ie
"A DETAILED analysis by gardai of criminal patterns over the past five years has resulted in a significant drop in burglaries in less than 12 months.
The study became the gardai's secret weapon as they set out to tackle the soaring rate of burglaries nationwide.
By examining patterns that indicated what areas the prolific offenders favoured targeting, and when they were most likely to strike, garda patrols were ready to pounce when the burglars arrived."
How about some more proactive activity such as using Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to identify suspect cars on the road as local Gardai will not always be able to identify cars used by travelling criminals. I saw a documentary once where a rural English police force simply parked a car out side a village and every time a car listed as suspect on their database passed an alert sounded.
Automatic number plate recognition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia