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Wicklow Town Text Alert

Superintendent Paul Hogan, Cllr Mary Kavanagh, Sergeant Colm Corrigan, Treasa Earls and Chef Superintendent John Quirke at the launch of the Wicklow Town Community Text Alert in Wicklow Garda Station

Wicklow Town Text Alert launched at Wicklow Garda Station on June 08th 2017 with committee members of the Wicklow Town Text Alert, Chief Superintendent John Quirke, Superintendent Paul Hogan and Sergeant Colm Corrigan. There was also members of the Barndarrig and Blainroe Text Alert Schemes present.

Wicklow Town Text Alert has been developed with local residents, Wicklow Garda Community Policing and Munitir na Tire over the last year. The scheme is operated whereby members of the public contact their local Garda Station regarding a particaular incident or suspicious activity in their area and Gardai then forward a text message to all paid up members to make them aware of the suspicious activity in their respective area.

Community Text Alert Initiatives were developed for:

  • The promotion of measures to reassure people living in rural Ireland particularly the elderly.
  • To raise the level of awareness amongst all people of the need for greater social inclusiveness including crime prevention measures.
  • To foster greater collaboration between the community and An Garda Síochána.
The feedback we have received as to the benefits of the Text Alert System include:
  • Enhanced crime prevention status for Community Alert with improved community/Garda participation and joint practical activities
  • Reduction in crime
  • Community feel safer
  • Increased communication amongst local residents via the text system
  • Increased communication between An Garda Síochána and the community
  • Better relations between An Garda Síochána and the community
  • Gardaí are now able to get information to the community instantly
  • Gardaí can canvass hundreds of subscribers in an instant should they require information.
Anyone interested in joining the text alert scheme in the town, can go Wicklow Credit Union where the application form can be completed and a €15 euro fee is paid. The forms can then be deposited in the Wicklow Text Alert collection box where members will be added to the scheme. There is currently over 250 registered members and it is hoped to roll out the scheme across the whole town in the coming months.

There are currently a number of text alert schemes operating in various areas within the Wicklow District namely Roundwood, Glenealy, Blainroe, Beech Rd, Barniskey, Redcross, Barndarrig and other areas and it has proved to be a vital tool for Gardai to inform residents on various aspects of Garda related incidents in their area.

In the coming weeks, members of the public will see Text alert signs on all roads leading into Wicklow Town and anyone interested in joining can go to Wicklow Credit Union or Wicklow Garda Station where application forms are available.
Superintendent Paul Hogan, Cllr Mary Kavanagh, Sergeant Colm Corrigan, Treasa Earls and Chef Superintendent John Quirke at the launch of the Wicklow Town Community Text Alert in Wicklow Garda Station

Superintendent Paul Hogan, Cllr Mary Kavanagh, Sergeant Colm Corrigan, Treasa Earls and Chef Superintendent John Quirke at the launch of the Wicklow Town Community Text Alert in Wicklow Garda Station

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