Rural text alert sees crime drop

The introduction of a crime preventative mobile phone text alert system has been hailed as the prime catalyst for a near 50 per cent falloff in rural burglaries across north Longford.

The introduction of a crime preventative mobile phone text alert system has been hailed as the prime catalyst for a near 50 per cent falloff in rural burglaries across north Longford.

Garda insiders revealed the startling reduction to the Leader this week, barely six months after its official introduction last July.

“We have been delighted with how it has caught on and with the reaction it has generated,” said a source earlier this week.

According to latest Garda figures, break-ins have declined by approximately 44 per cent across the likes of Dromard, Colmcille and the wider north Longford region.

Under its workings, a homeowner can send an immediate text on their mobile phones to around 500 other households warning them to be aware of suspicious activity or any unfamiliar looking cars that may be lurking in the area.

To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.