Friday 24 October 2014

Crime prevention information day at the Pavilions centre

Published 25/03/2014 | 05:32

Garda Rebecca McGowan, Sgt. Peter Smith and Garda Deirdre Bradshaw in the Pavilions.

GARDAI from the Community Policing Unit in Swords held an information day at The Pavilions Shopping Centre as part of National Crime Prevention Day recently.

Sergeant Peter Smith, Crime Prevention Officer gave a visual presentation to members of the public on how to combat crime in an effort to highlight crime prevention and to reduce the fear of crime in the area.

Focusing on all aspects of crime prevention, Sgt. Smith, along with Garda Rebecca McGowan and Garda Deirdre Bradshaw, explained effective ways people can protect their home, farm and other property. Passersby were also given information on personal safety and how to keep their mobile phones and bicycles safe and how to stay safe on the Internet and had any questions concerning crime prevention answered by the gardaí.

'The focus of the day was to get the message across that prevention is the responsibility of us all,' said Community Policing Sergeant Kevin Toner.

'A police presence is not enough to deter criminals and people need to have a sense of responsibility for their property. To take the time to simply check they have locked doors and switch on the alarm before leaving their homes,' he added.

Checkpoints were conducted as part of this initiative of a crime prevention day, whereby information leaflets were handed out to members of the public by gardai on ways to help prevent crime.

Fingal Independent

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