Yes, that has been my experience also. Our main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, is a festering kip, full of undesirables - yet I never ever see a Garda on patrol. I was in New York a few years back, walking around Time Square. And it was very noticeable that there were police officers constantly walking to and fro. As I said in my previous post, it gives the decent citizen a sense of reassurance.Last week I walked from Parnell square to Baggot Street without seeing one Garda or patrol car (I did see one around the corner of the GPO and he was leaning up against a pillar trying to hide it looked like). There are never any around especially at the weekend. We were in Lisbon a couple of weeks ago and the amount of police driving and patrolling would make you jealous and this is the third safest country in the world, I wonder why. We are living in a failed state and the hoards will be coming with their pitchforks and torches sooner than you think.