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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Neighbourhood Watch and text alert scheme launched

Published 09/04/2014 | 05:28

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Sergeant Donal McGivern, Caroline O’Brien, Jane Raskazova, Dave Mulligan, Robert Murray, Ken O Heiligh, Garda Patrick Sheridan and Karl Carlton at the launch of the Ashfield and Ashleigh Heights Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

WORKING TOGETHER as a communuity, and keeping an eye out for each other – these are just some of the aims of the Ashfield and Ashleigh Heights Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, which had a successful launch at a meeting in the O'Raghallaighs GFC.

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'There has been a Residents Association here for about the last ten years, but it's only in the last two years it has become really active,' said Robert Murray, area co-ordinator for the scheme.

'The message we were getting across at the meeting last week was that communication is key, and the more we look out for each other in the estates, the safer we can make it.'

A text alert scheme for Ashfield was introduced as part of the launch.

'The area is now divided into seven zones, and we have a co-ordinator for each,' he said. 'There are 194 households, and most are on email, and included in the text alert scheme.

'We would encourage people to communicate through the private text alert – whether that is because of an alarm going off, or something suspicious you might see. It will act as extras sets of eyes, and could help cut down on crime.'

Ashfield Residents met with Sergeant Donal McGivern and Garda Patrick Sheridan, at the launch, who also gave information to prevent crime.

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