A security analyst is advising that community policing could be the key to solving Dublin's crime problems.
Declan Power says increasing garda numbers present on the streets alone will not be enough.
Earlier this week, Gardaí met with almost 200 local business owners, and they committed to increasing their presence in the city.
Business owners and residents are concerned for their safety and a rise in anti-social behaviour on the streets, following a number of high-profile assaults which took place throughout the summer.
Power says the city needs a long-term approach to the crisis, not just a "heavy hand".
He adds that a regular presence and relationship building will equip the community to "respond robustly in the face of crime".
In recent weeks, Justice Minister Helen McEntee has responded to the ongoing issue of safety in the city centre by allocating €10 million to Garda overtime.
That move has received backlash from both the public and opposition parties, who claim it won't do enough to solve the problem.