All are now reminded to be aware that in the above areas you are being watched, so do not do anything naughty: someone will see and pass it along to the Garda, who, in turn will tell our co-ordinators and a text will appear on every mobile signed up for the scheme. You will be caught!
So, if you have not yet signed up place an envelope (containing €5 and your name & mobile number) in Annaduff Credit Union, Duignan’s or Daly’s in Drumsna, or Connor’s or Hunt’s in Dromod, and you will become a watcher!
Many thanks to all who turned out for the launch and have worked do hard to get this started. Special thanks to Superintendent Noel Carolan from Carrick-on-Shannon who reminded us all how important the community is in the fight against crime.
He pointed out that this initiative had come from the Community and the police were initially sceptical, but in the spirit of embracing new possibilities and change the Gardaí had taken the scheme on board and were reaping the rewards.
He also told us that the most likely victims of crimes are young males, but those most apprehensive are the elderly and female: so, Community Alert is important in making us feel safe in our homes.
Peter Masterson from the Drumard Area spoke to us about the setting up of the original scheme, and we were re-assured that we have covered most of the points he mentioned.
Vanessa Clarke from Muintir na Tire reminded us that it is the ethos of the organisation to help others and this scheme is a continuation of these values.
Soon you will see signs appearing around the parishes to remind people and you will be getting texts too! Keep your eyes open and be alert: remember, by looking out for each other we will all feel safer! And ‘friend’ us on Facebook!