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Thursday 28 August 2014

Donard/Glen launch Community Text Alert

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:44

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THE launch of Donard/Glen Community Text Alert takes place on September 3 in Donard Hall at 8 p.m., in conjunction with Muintir Na Tire.

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Residents in the Donard/Glen area can sign up to the scheme, allowing their mobile phone to be contacted via Text messaging.

It operates as a partnership between the Community, An Garda Síochána and Muintir na Tíre and works on the principle of shared responsibility for crime prevention and reduction. With mobile phone technology, the use of Text messaging has become a very convenient method of notification to people living within a rurall community.

Madeleine Drew Byrne, chairperson of Donard Glen Community Alert, explains, 'In the event of suspicious persons or vehicles in the area, in consultation with the Gardaí Siochana in Baltinglass, a text message may be sent out to all persons registered, notifying them of this activity or requesting information on an incident or circumstance. Road signs have been mounted at various locations advertising Donard Glen as a 'Community Text Alert Area'.

There is a registration cost of €10 per household to cover the cost of signs, the dedicated mobile phone for texting and other features to be rolled out.

Additionally, gate/house signs will be made available to individual property owners. The sign can be mounted on the property, indicating that a 'Community Text Alert Scheme' is in operation. These signs will be available to purchase for €13, (or €10 for the first 100 sold) for anyone keen to discourage criminals by displaying one on their home or gate. There is also Facebook Page provided for people who use.

A spokesperson will be available at the launch on September 3 to discuss this scheme.

For details contact Madeleine Drew Byrne, chairperson of Donard Glen Community Alert on (045) 404783 or Elizabeth Caley, secretary on (083) 3837057.

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