Large attendance reflects huge concerns at break-in’s

Public meeting on crime in Thurles was very well attended

Public meeting on crime in Thurles was very well attended

The meeting, which was organised by local Councillor Jim Ryan, was held in the Anner Hotel last week and attracted local politicians and concerned people with a number in the audience stating that their own homes had been targeted.

Cllr Ryan was delighted with the attendance and also the very determined mood in the hall from everyone in trying to find ways to prevent future house break in’s.

“My idea behind this meeting was to allow the people of Thurles to express their concerns and ideas to the relevant authorities in a formal and meaningful way. I put a lot of work into ensuring the local Gardai were in attendance along with Citizens Information and a spokesperson from the private alarm industry. I would like to thank all my invited speakers for showing up on the night and to the general public for also turning up in such numbers.”

Superintendent Gerard Delmar opened the meeting and gave a talk on crime in general around Thurles and was followed by information talks by Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Tom O Dwyer and Sergeant Michelle Tierney who spoke on how a community text alert scheme works and its advantages. From Citizens Information, Sinead Tynan also spoke on the grants that are available to local community groups to help in the purchase of panic alarm systems for the over 65’s and the final speaker was David Walsh from VIP Security who outlined the range of house alarms available and their costs.

“I was delighted that my proposal on the night to form a committee to implement a Community Text Alert Scheme for Thurles was supported and arising from this a further meeting will be held next week to form the committee and move the process along. If things go well I am anticipating this scheme will be up and running soon,”Cllr Ryan said.