Sunday 19 November 2017

Group plans new Text Alert scheme

THE Community Alert Group serving the Haggardstown and Dublin Road area are arranging a technology and information day in the autumn.

This is by way of an introduction for senior citizens to mobile phones and social media and also to launch the proposed Text Alert scheme in the area, which is scheduled to commence in January next.

The scheme is proving a successful method of protecting communities against crime and to provide a safer and secure environment for the vulnerable in society.

It is run in conjunction with the gardai who the public are asked to notify in the event of anything suspicious or of concern happening in the community.

A respond system then is activated whereby the gardai having assessed the situation may feel it necessary to issue a general alert via text.

The Community Alert Group have decided to engage Pinpoint as the service provider when the scheme is up and running to issue text alerts when and if the gardai decide such a course is necessary.

The group is to contract the company to carry out the service for a year and then for it to be reviewed, with the aim to enhance the scheme.

A key part will be played by those who voluntarily agree to take part in the scheme and sign up to receive text messages. The Community Alert Group will have forms which they will ask volunteers to fill in supplying the like of mobile phone details to which they are willing to have text alerts sent.

The group will be asking for volunteers to sign up at the information meeting and also at other locations and occasions in the parish. The ideal situation is to have volunteers strategically spread over the community alert area.

A dedicated Garda telephone number will be provided for members of the public to contact, which will be displayed on the Community Alert signs in the area. They will have to be upgraded or replaced and new signs in instances erected with the number included.

The information meeting will also include a talk on personal and home security, with plans to have a representative present from Health Link South who supply monitor alarms and security pendants, and provide a round the clock monitoring service.

The Argus

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