NEXT week is the last chance for people to join the Pallasgreen Crime Prevention Project.
It was formed after a “Stop Local Crime” meeting that followed a number of aggravated burglaries in Pallasgreen. Guns were pointed at teenagers and pensioners were viciously beaten.
They aim to put in place a community alert text system which has seen crime drop rapidly in other parts of the country.
The project has spread from Pallasgreen and now includes five other Community Alert groups - Cappamore, Doon, Oola, Murroe and Kilteely/Dromkeen. On a map it is a square block of East Limerick.
Chairman of the project, David Thompson, says their objective is to minimise crime in their area.
“We know this can best be done by us, the people, fully co-operating in an effective efficient scheme based on quick communication and a speedy response.
“We commend Superintendent Alan Cunningham with whom we will be finalising the texting methodology during the week and Sergeant Helen Holden who will be key to operational work,” said Mr Thompson.
Other parties involved are Muintir na Tire, IFA and Ballyhoura.
The next meeting takes place next Thursday, September 13 at 7pm in Pallasgreen Community Centre.
This will be the last date for all those aged over 65 living alone or with someone of similar age to register with the Community Alert group in their area.
A questionnaire has been drawn up by Muintir na Tire to help the project that must be completed in time for the meeting.
“I appeal to anyone over 65, their friends and neighbours to ensure all over 65s on their own are registered or they will be omitted from this wonderful crime preventions scheme, which will be supported by Ballyhoura Leader group.
“We also need to know the answers to queries on the questionnaire. These can be filled in when registering, together with road sign information,” said Mr Thompson.
At the last meeting on Thursday representatives from each of the six Community Alert groups were given a folder containing the constitution for the groups, the group application form, details of the seniors alert scheme, the Muintir na Tire annual report 1012, details of another text alert scheme and the community house care safety alert questionnaire.
“This must be completed by our next meeting next Thursday,” stressed Mr Thompson.
The Pallasgreen Crime Prevention Project plans to be the first of its kind in the country and become a national blueprint for other groups.