Community text system plan to fight crime in County Limerick nears completion

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

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PLANS that commenced at a “Stop Local Crime” meeting in Pallasgreen in May are nearing completion.

PLANS that commenced at a “Stop Local Crime” meeting in Pallasgreen in May are nearing completion.

The meeting in Pallasgreen Community Centre was attended by over 200 people.

It was called by the local IFA branch following aggravated burglaries in Murroe, Cappamore and Pallasgreen.

Bruff gardai, including Superintendent Alan Cunningham, county councillors, community alert members, Muintir na Tire, chairman of Limerick IFA, Eddie Scanlan, all spoke.

Chairman of Pallasgreen IFA, David Thompson, said at the time: “Rural crime can’t go on the way it is.”

Following the first meeting a number of follow-ups have taken place with the latest last week.

The plan is to put in a community alert text system that have resulted in a big drop in crime in other parts of the country.

Mr Thompson said it is to cover six garda areas - Oola, Murroe, Pallasgreen, Cappamore, Doon, Kilteely/Dromkeen.

“If you look on a map it is a square block in East Limerick.

“The chairman of the community alert areas and of IFA branches in those areas, along with gardai and Muintir na Tire were at the meeting,” said Mr Thompson.

He said that Sergeant Helen Holden explained the targeted areas and showed how each area was to be covered on the map.

“James O’Neill, of Muintir na Tire, gave each group of all the projects already being run showed how they worked and their success rate,” said Mr Thompson.

Members of the community alert groups then gave their views as to what they would like to see in operation.

“It was agreed that all in attendance would return next Tuesday, July 24 at 8.30pm to agree the format and the letter which will be presented to every household in the area.

“Then we can move quickly into the next phase to achieve a national blue print scheme,” said Mr Thompson.

In other parts of the country members subscribed to a community text system that notifies them of crime or suspicious activity taking place in their area.

They work hand in hand with gardai who have made a number of arrests since the systems were established.

At the original meeting in May, Supt Alan Cunningham said the gardai were there to serve the people and welcome any community initiatives that help the fight against crime.