Retailers open to theft with no text alerts

Retailers in Portlaoise are waiting over two years for a text alert service to improve security on Main Street.

The gardaí proposed the initiative two years ago, which was to send a text alert to all businesses in Portlaoise in the event of a theft or robbery.

Traders say that all local businesses were visited by the gardaí at the time to collect the relevant information, the software was purchased, but no further action wastaken.

The issue of security was highlighted at the Annual General Meeting of Downtown Portlaoise on July 8 in Mulhall’s Restaurant, Portlaoise.

During the meeting PRO Andrew Shaw said that a closer relationship with the gardaí is needed.

Text alert are used by business to prevent crime in Tullamore and other towns where theft is likely.

Speaking after the AGM, Vice Chairperson Jack Nolan told the Leinster Express that the gardaí called to his business two years ago.

“They took all the information and details they needed for the text alert service, but we’ve heard nothing since,” he said.

Gardaí were unavailable to comment at the time as to whether or not the text alert service will still go ahead.

Other issues concerning the gardaí and security were raised at the Downtown Portlaoise AGM.

Jack Nolan and Bryan Fergus both pointed out that unless you request to the gardaí that a complaint is registered on the pulse system, there is no record of it.

Tom Walsh also said that if numerous people make the same complaint then it carries more weight.

Ger Mulhall suggested that Downtown Portlaoise campaign for a daily walk down the town by gardaí, emphasising the point that the gardaí need to spend more time on the street, and not just walk through.

Downtown Portlaoise was established in 2011 to represent, organise, promote and market the retail and associated trade in Portlaoise town centre.




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