CARRIGALINE is launching a Community Text Alert system to allow Gardaí to issue messages about crime and crime prevention to registered mobile numbers quickly, with the aim of reducing problems of criminal activity in the area.
Independent Carrigaline Councillor Ben Dalton O’Sullivan met with Muintir Na Tire and Community Gardaí on Monday in order to establish the Community Text Alert service for Carrigaline.
Speaking to The Echo, Mr Dalton O’Sullivan said; “I’m delighted that the initial meeting went well, and we are now moving to get this set up within the next few weeks.
“Carrigaline doesn’t have a full-time operational Garda station, and I believe we need to be proactive when it comes to preventing crime in the locality and that a community text alert is going to be key.”
Cllr Ben Dalton O’Sullivan has said that he has spoken to a number of other people across the country regarding community text alerts in their areas and the overwhelming feedback from them was that the text alert was extremely beneficial in helping to prevent crime and assist Gardai.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath said a lack of Garda resources was a central issue in Carrigaline and the text alert system was very welcome as long as Gardai could manage it effectively from a resource point of view.
“The overriding focus must remain on improving resources and Garda numbers. A text alert system is a tool that is used in other areas and can be effective if the Gardai have the ability to actively provide updates.”
Fine Gael Councillor Liam O’Connor said the text alert system had proven itself to bee effective in other areas and was most welcome in preventing crime in the Carrigaline Municipal District.