Gardaí plan text service to fight crime

Gardaí are planning to introduce a text messaging service to communities in North Cork which will aid them in the fight against crime.

They are inviting people to an open meeting which will be held tonight in Fermoy Community Youth Centre at 7.30pm to discuss progressing the project.

The initiative is being headed by Supt Michael Comyns, who is in charge of a Garda district which encompasses the Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Ballyhooly, Castletownroche, Glanworth, Kildorrery, Kilworth, Araglin, and Rathcormac areas.

He said text alert systems had been piloted successfully in other areas, including Glanmire.

For the last few years gardaí in Glanmire have to good effect used the system to warn people of robberies, burglaries, and the movements of suspicious people and vehicles.

“I have a strong team focused on community policing in Fermoy. I want to further enhance this through the use of an effective communication strategy,” said Supt Comyns.

Fermoy Community Garda Katherine Canty said she was looking forward to engaging with all the interested parties and residents’ associations who wish to link up with the new scheme. “I feel this can only benefit the whole community as well as enhancing our crime prevention strategies,” she said.

“I see this scheme as a great tool in sharing vital information which will hopefully send out the message that in Fermoy there is a community that looks out for one another. In the near future I would envisage a network of a few hundred people receiving information on suspicious activity and crime prevention from the Fermoy text alert network.”

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