Newly elected Councillor, Colm Murray, launched Text Alert in Kenagh last Wednesday night, to a fantastic turnout in the south Longford village.
Nearly 200 people have already signed up to the scheme and Garda Paul McDermott, Crime Prevention Officer from Roscommon Garda Station was present on the night to give an in-depth talk on crime prevention in the the home, against the individual and while on the farm. Kenagh’s Garda Brian McManus, who is a regular in the village, was also present and he explained how Text Alert works.
As more and more garda stations close, Text Alert is now becoming more popular and useful in the fight against crime, especially against rural crime. New signs will be erected on the four approach roads into Kenagh as soon as permission has been granted by Longford Co Council.
“Crime is everywhere these days and we are also very aware of the difficulties that are faced by people whose local garda stations have closed.” said Lillian Madden, organising committee. “We are lucky in Kenagh because we still have our station but Text Allert ensures that there are extra eyes on the ground and that is very important to us as a community to have that sense of security. There was great support for the initiative on the night.”