Burglaries on an almost daily basis have spurred the people of Dunmore to action. They will launch their community alert scheme this Thursday night in the Castle Arms, Durrow at 9pm.
“There is robberies almost daily, there is a lot of concern around. Nothing else is being talked about at the minute, if you’re in the local shop or meet someone, it’s all they want to talk about,” said Oliver Clooney, chairperson of the newly set up community alert committee.
“We hope to get the text alert set up and we will get signs up soon too. It’s positive to see the community coming together in this way, but it’s a sad reflection on society too.”
Oliver continued: “It’s an awful worry for people, especially those living on their own. I’ve the greatest respect for guards, but we don’t see them down this way anymore.”
“I know this is not going to solve any crimes, but if it prevents one or two then all our efforts will have been worth it.”
The chairperson said the recent crime wave was bringing the community together.
“People are coming together now, they are becoming more aware of what’s going in. Every person that signs up is another set of eyes and ears. We’ve been very pleased with the response so far, everyone’s reaction has been very positive.”
The committee hope to have a Garda representative at the meeting and also representatives from other, more established community alert groups.