On alert in Doonane and Mayo

The relaunched Doonane and Mayo Community Alert Scheme has prioritised the elderly in its effort to prevent crime.

The relaunched Doonane and Mayo Community Alert Scheme has prioritised the elderly in its effort to prevent crime.

Chairperson of the newly formed committee, Edward Buggy thanked everyone for attending the re-launch in the Parish Centre, Newtown last Friday night.

Following the meeting, the committee, which consists of Mr Buggy, Nuala Finnegan (Secretary), Paddy Moore (Pro), Billy Motley and Majella O’Brien (Treasurers), decided to identify older residents or those at risk who are interested in having monitored alarms fitted.

A mobile phone is in use to enable contact or reports to be made. Feel free to join up by texting your name and location to 089 428 4413. There is also a contact list building of people acting for Community Alert in their own area, but more are needed from Mayo and Tolerton.

Doonane and Mayo are the latest community to re-activate or launch Community Alert Schemes over the last few months, in response to rising crime rates across the county.

Noel McCarthy from Muintir Na Tire outlined the benefits of Community Alert and the importance of neighbours. Mr McCarthy also outlined the administration required by the group, along with the cost to secure senior alert alarms and other security items such as smoke detectors, security lights and area signs.

Teresa Maloney from TASK Community Care gave a very informative talk on the benefits of monitored alarms for older or vulnerable residents and the comfort that they can bring, not just from a security but a peace of mind perspective for the whole family. These alarms enable instant contact with a 24 hour call centre that can call the emergency services or named contacts provided by the user, should it be necessary.

For the monitored alarms, there is an annual charge following installation of approximately €70 and you need to have a home telephone (landline). The committee will shortly be sending out flyers but, in the meantime, if you or someone you know is interested you can contact the group, send a text message or leave a message on the above mobile phone numbers.

The launch was supported by local TDs, Charlie Flanagan and Sean Fleming along with Councillors Padraig Fleming and James Daly.

Both spoke of the need especially in these difficult times for communities to come together and the benefits that Community Alert can bring to an area, particularly for older residents.