Mindless vandals stealing life-saving emergency equipment at Waterford coast
A new law is needed to combat vandalism and theft of essential life-saving equipment such as defibrillators and ring-buoys, a local councillor has said.
Sinn Féin’s leader on Waterford City and County Council Conor D. McGuinness spoke out after several instances of vandalism and theft of life-saving emergency equipment.
Councillor McGuinness said: “Over recent days there have been reports of thefts of defibrillators along the east coast.
Councillor McGuinness (pictured below) said the current on-the-spot fine of €75 is “utterly inadequate”.He added: “Given the seriousness of the offence and the possible consequences of damaging this equipment. The existing bye-laws are also inadequate as they do not cover all equipment, or all areas. I have begun drafting a bye-law that will provide adequate protection for essential lifesaving equipment no matter where it is located.”