An elderly woman living in North Leitrim has written an emotional letter to a local councillor detailing how she locks herself and her dog in a room each night and “leaves a few pound” on the kitchen table in the hope that any potential thieves will take the money and leave her alone.
The three page letter sent to Manorhamilton Municipal District Cathaoirleach, Cllr Mary Bohan goes on to say that the author of the letter sees people calling and offering to paint sheds, sell carpets or tar driveways.
The letter states (verbatim): “It is not long after until there is roberys in the area. There should be a rule stop those from calling on the country people. They are on another mission and when the guards are called it is two hours before they get there,” said the woman whose name has been withheld to protect her identity.
“That gives the robbers time to be gone and they know that. Out country is in a sad state with banks closed and old people living in fear. I leave a few pounds on the table each night in hope they will take it if they break in. I have a alarm button and myself and the dog, we lock the room and stay for the night there.”
The lady says that when she was growing up there was “a sergant (sic) and three guards in (her area) and now we have nobody there.”
Cllr Bohan said that she had been left speechless by the letter.
“My heart goes out to people like this woman. People are really living in fear and it isn’t just the elderly, young families, single parents, they are all afraid. It isn’t right, we need more resources to deal with this,” she said, following the monthly Manorhamilton Municipal District Area meeting last Monday.
The existence of the letter came to light at the meeting after Cllr Padraig Fallon issued an invitation for other Area Councillors to join him in a meeting with Inspector Ray Mulderrig, who has taken the lead role in the district following the transfer of the previous Superintendent.
Cllr Bohan described the number of burglaries in the Dromahair and Drumkeerin areas in recent months as ‘unprecedented.’
“People are terrified and garda stations, like Drumkeerin, are being closed,” she said.