Almost all the houses in the wider Dunmore area were represented at the launch of their community alert, last week.
Set up in response to a number of burglaries in the area, over 120 people attended the first meeting, which was launched by local Inspector Declan Dunne.
“I was delighted with the turnout, I really couldn’t belive it,” chairperson Oliver Clooney said.
“It’s a small area, there are only 100 houses, so you could say that every house was represented. It’s very topical at the minute, everyone is talking about it and people are also very fearful so it was great to see so many turn out to support us.”
The Community Alert signs are now up all over the area and the committee are now in the process of setting up the text alert system which has also received a positive reponse from local people.
“Everyone has signed up for it which is great. There are other uses for it too, such as if a dog goes missing. We have had great support from the community both financially and otherwise. There is a broad spectrum of benefits to setting up the community alert,” Mr Clooney said.
A number of different people spoke to the large attendence on the night. Mervin McGaby, representing Ratheniska Communuty Alert spoke at their experiences of setting up the group, while Conor O’Leary from Muintir na Tire talked about alarms and the text service.
“Sgt Justine Reilly will be out liason person, she gave us tips on how to safeguard our properties such as closing gates and taking pictures of valuables,” Mr Clooney explained.