Latest Update 25th August 2017:
Lough Arrow Area Text Alert Scheme
A new Community text alert scheme was set up in 2013 covering the areas of Ballinafad, Castlebaldwin, Ballyrush, Ballindoon, Kilmactranny, Highwood, Gleann, Geevagh and Ballyfarnon. The official launch of the group took place in Geevagh Community Resource centre on 27th march 2014.
The idea behind the scheme is to bring the local community together in a bid to identify suspicious individuals or vehicles and, working in tandem with An Garda Síochána, to alert members of the community to crime that is happening in the area.
Joining the scheme is very easy. It costs €5 to have your mobile number registered on the schemes data base. Anyone who wishes to join the scheme should put their name, address and mobile phone number on an envelope, enclose €5 and give it to any of the local scheme members listed below.
Membership covers some of the cost of setting up and running the scheme and the purchase of Community Alert Signage which has been put in place to mark areas covered by the scheme.
Members are asked to keep an eye out for suspicious individuals or vehicles and to report their movements to the Gardaí, (Riverstown 071-9165122) giving details of the location, description of the person or the car and the registration number, if applicable. After the Gardaí investigate, they will contact the administrator of the scheme who will then issue a mass text alert to the mobiles of all paid members on the scheme.
Currently the scheme has over 260 members and new members are always welcome.
THE MORE MEMBERS THAT JOIN THE SCHEME THE MORE EFFECTIVE IT WILL BE.
To join the scheme contact any of the following.
- John Hargadon: 0851740956
- Oliver McDermottroe, Ballinafad: 0868282716
- Hillary Lyons: 0879591919
- Ann O’Rourke: 0879165714
- Margaret Killoran: 087663646