A text alert service for Portlaoise retailers is to be put in place this October, in time for the Christmas season.
Downtown Portlaoise are working with local gardaí to get the service up and running by mid October, it was said at a meeting held by Downtown Portlaoise on Tuesday 26.
Portlaoise retailers have been looking for the text alert service to be put in place for over two years now, with most big towns in Ireland already using the service.
Jack Nolan, Vice Chairperson of Downtown Portlaoise, told the Leinster Express that a lot of background work was involved.
“It’s a matter of collecting all the relevant information from businesses. We need to appoint a central coordinator too, so there’s a lot of background work.
“We have a good working relationship with the gardaí. They are still busy after the Electric Picnic, and with the National Ploughing Championships this month, so we hope to have it up and running by mid October,” he said.
Portlaoise retailers are pushing the initiative to protect themselves from crime.
“Businesses are being plagued by shoplifting. This is a way of coordinating businesses and the local gardaí, enabling a quick response from all involved,” Mr Nolan said.