Saturday 25 May 2019

Text alert scheme will tackle crime

A number of communities across the county have text alert groups in place
A number of communities across the county have text alert groups in place

Myles Buchanan

Funding is available for text alert schemes in rural regions to help tackle crime in the country.

Community groups can apply for funding under the 2018 Text Alert Rebate Scheme. Funding of €150,000 has been made available.

Over 600 groups nationwide are already involved in the scheme, which works out as in excess of 120,000 subscribers with an estimated 200,000 text messages sent each month under the scheme.

Minister of State Andrew Doyle is urging community groups to get involved.

'This scheme allows Text Alert Groups registered with An Garda Síochána to apply for a rebate towards the costs associated with running their local Text Alert Scheme. It's an efficient way of tackling crime, allowing Gardaí to provide crime prevention information to community contacts who in turn forward the information to all members of a community group. Last year saw payments made under the rebate scheme almost double to €125,000 paid out to almost 450 groups. The majority of Text Alert Groups who applied in 2017 received a rebate of between €200 and €350 to assist them in their work, and I would encourage even more groups from Wicklow to apply for the funding this year,' said Minister of State Doyle.

The Scheme will be operated by Muintir na Tíre again this year and details of how to apply are now available on their website

Wicklow People