Gardai with representatives from Dairy Gold, Tipperary Co-Op, Kerry Gold and Muintir Na Tire at the launch of the text alert system
COUNTY Limerick milk lorry drivers will help the fight against crime in a new plan thought up by a local garda.
Bruff gardai launched a new text alert system this afternoon where drivers employed by Dairygold, Tipperary Co-Op and Kerry report any suspicious activity they may have seen on their routes.
Gardaí will then carry out the relevant checks and if necessary, send out a text alert to drivers of the above companies in order to make them aware of the incident.
Garda David Hennessy, who is based in Bruff, came up with the idea and then developed it.
"In 2017, I dealt with an incident where a farmer had a quad bike stolen during the night. A milk truck driver came across the incident and contacted us immediately. The quad bike was recovered by gardaí before the farmer even knew it went missing.
"These truck drivers have extensive local knowledge and visit rural locations at unsocial times, like was the case in this incident. The assistance that we will receive from our local businesses will hopefully provide us with another valuable tool in making our communities a safer place.
"If anyone in our communities, not just truck drivers, notices anything suspicious, pick up the phone and call us," said Garda Hennessy.
Bruff Superintendent Brian Sugrue said the aim of this initiative is to enhance communications between An Garda Siochana and local businesses who can "assist us in preventing crime in our more rural and isolated locations".
"It asks that when safe to do so, truck drivers call us if they notice anything suspicious. Having spoken to the IFA in Limerick, this is a welcome initiative to assist in preventing crime and enhancing the quality of life for our farming community who work and reside within the Bruff and Newcastle West Garda Districts," said Supt Sugrue.
The text alert system has been created in conjunction with An Garda Siochana, Dairygold, Tipperary Co-Op, Kerry and Muintire Na Tire. The pilot scheme that covers County Limerick will be reviewed after six months.