On Monday, June 16, a new crime text alert service in partnership between the Gardai, Muintir Na Tire and IFA was launched in Cork West Garda Division. The objective of this service is to prevent and reduce crime in the region and alert people to ‘real time’ criminal or suspicious activity. Gardai in the four District HQ stations of Bandon, Clonakilty, Bantry and Macroom after receiving a report of such activity will consider sending out a text alert to either all persons subscribed in that Garda District or to the entire Garda Division.
Since mid April there has been a significant increase in day time burglaries on residential houses targeting cash and gold jewellery. In several instances witnesses have rang Garda Stations with descriptions of suspect vehicles linked to these crimes. This is where a text alert service will be of huge benefit to the Gardai in hopefully trying to intercept suspect vehicles after people see a text alert and are in a position to pass on relevant information to the Gardai quickly. If people have information linked to a text alert the Gardai will require basic information such as, for example, where suspect vehicle was last seen? how long ago? and in what direction it was travelling?
“The new crime text alert service is a good idea and I hope people use it,” says Jerry Connolly of West Cork Carpets, a business in Clonakilty. Two of our metal signs were recently mindlessly vandalised and I would urge people to be alert to suspicious activity and alert the Gardai if they see a crime happening in their area”
People are encouraged to contact their local Community Alert group with a view to subscribing in their area to assist the Gardai in combating crime in the West Cork area. All persons should be in a position to contact the Gardai without delay and should have their local District HQ station number saved on their mobile device, Bandon 023-885220, Clonakilty 023-8821570, Bantry 027-20860 and Macroom 026-20590.
For further information, please contact one of the Community Policing Gardai namely: Garda Damian White, Bandon; Garda Liam Ryan, Clonakilty; Garda Brigid Harnett, Bantry; Garda Orla Doyle, Macroom; Garda Johnny Crowley, Millstreet. Or, Sergeant Ian O’Callaghan, Crime Prevention Officer based at Bandon Garda Station.