Residents fight back against crime with text alert scheme

Published 01/04/2014 | 05:32

Independent local election candidate for Balbriggan, Tony Murphy, appeals for more playgrounds for the town.
Independent local election candidate for Balbriggan, Tony Murphy, appeals for more playgrounds for the town.

BALSCADDEN is fighting back against the burglars with the formal launch of its text alert scheme which saw a big turn out in the village and a huge amount of enthusiasm for the project.

The text alert scheme was formally launched recently in the Old School Balscadden by the chairman of the committee responsible for its introduction to the area, Mr Aidan Staunton, Superintendent Noel Carolan, District Officer, Balbriggan and Sergeant Kathy O'Neill, of Balbriggan Garda Station and the text alert coordinator for the area.

There was a big turnout for the launch, which demonstrated the commitment the community has to fight crime any way they can. In excess of 150 Households have signed up for the scheme in the area.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Staunton said that the campaign to get text alert up and running in the area had been a huge success and that the community had received great support and guidance from the local gardai under the command of Superintendent Carolan, Muintir Na Tire, and Fingal Council who had assisted with the erection of the text alert signs in the area.

Superintndent Carolan, speaking at the launch, said: 'That people are the ears and the eyes of the Gardai and without their support; we would have a limited effect.

'This scheme will alert criminals who enter this area, that they are been watched and that their movements will be reported to the Gardai.'

Dedicated signs have been erected all around the area with a dedicated phone number for the Gardai on the sign. Any person seeing anything out of the ordinary in their area can phone this number and the Gardai will react immediately, additionally if they feel the information given should be given out to the community, it will be texted to all those in the area who have signed up for the scheme.

Aidan Staunton called on those who had not signed up for the scheme to make contact with him by phoning 0862426156 or email aidanstaunton@hotmail.com and he would see to that they are added to the scheme.

Fingal Independent

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