SHANNON Community Gardaí are holding a community Alert Information night on April 3 at 7.30pm.
It will take place at the Garda Station and Community Garda Diarmuid O’Brien said that it is for people living on the outskirts of the town, in rural areas. “This crime prevention initiative is targeting the rural areas of Shannon in the form of Community Alert. Shannon Town is currently served by a number of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and Business Watch Schemes which serve the Urban Residential Community and Business Community. However Community Alert is a crime prevention programme where we work in partnership with the rural community in the prevention and detection of crime.”
Outlining how Community Alert works he said; “It’s based on the simple principles of being aware, being alert, being secure and being a good neighbour to those around you. We will be encouraging people to get to know their neighbours particularly those living alone, to call in and visit-it’s the small things and the human contact that counts. It’s also about being alert-if you see somebody or a vehicle that is suspicious in your area, call the Gardai.”
He feels that Community Alert can help Shannon a lot. “I am convinced that Community Alert can improve the quality of life in the community in Shannon. It can help reduce crime and the fear of crime. It can also create a sense of community and can inspire confidence. On the night we will be educating people with crime prevention advice and this will help residents feel more secure in their homes. This scheme will also improve and maintain better communication with the Gardai in Shannon. We are hoping for a big turn out from the rural community in areas such as Stonehall, Drumline, Ballycally, Hurlers Cross and Clonmoney to mention but a few. All areas of Shannon rural community are invited and encouraged to attend.”