Text alert praised
despite burglary hike

Other regions are now replicating Granard Gardai's text alert initiative
Burglaries are on the rise Gardai have confirmed with latest figures showing a near thirty per cent rise across north Longford.

Burglaries are on the rise Gardai have confirmed with latest figures showing a near thirty per cent rise across north Longford.

The figures were disclosed at last week’s meeting of Granard Town Council’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting.

But in a welcome twist, elected members were told precautionary measures had brought with it significant improvements.

Text alert, gardai said, had achieved a 40 per cent reduction in break-ins since its introduction in July 2011.

Inspector Paul Cuttle said such was the scheme’s success in Granard, other districts were now replicating the scheme.

“It’s a national concept at this stage,” said Inspector Cuttle. “The Garda Commissioner (Martin Callinan) formally approved it at the National Ploughing Championships last month.”

His colleague, Sgt Lionel Mullally endorsed those sentiments and remarked how text alert had proved especially beneficial in certain pockets of the Granard District.

“I know in Edgeworthstown we used it (text alert) and adapted it as part of our door to door enquiries in relation to robberies.”

The Granard based sergeant said text alert, by it’s nature was not a mechanism to combat crime, but was useful in identifying suspects and averting crime.

“It shows that prevention is better than any cure,” said Fianna Fail’s Fintan Flood.