THE disturbing increase in crime in rural areas shows the need to protect community garda resources, according to local public representatives.
As Justice Minister Alan Shatter clashes with garda representative bodies, Louth County Councillor and Ardee Town Councillor Pearse McGeough has again welcomed the move by Louth County Council to try and create a county-wide texting service.
“This texting system is working well in the Cookstown area and Stabannon,” Cllr McGeough has said.
“It is the community looking after itself and assisting the gardai at the same time.”
Louth county councillors have already said they want the gardai to bring in a texting system for all the community alert groups in the county in a bid to combat rural crime.
The idea came from Cllr Michael O’Dowd and he has called on the council to seek funding for the move.
Once it is set up it would pay for itself.
This move came after an Irish Farmers Association survey highlighted the serious worries people living in rural areas have about crime.
That survey has shown that 11 per cent of farm families have been the victims of rural crime.
Nearly 40 per cent of people surveyed said they felt less safe in their home over the past 12 months.
This is an idea that should be followed up.