The new Carrick-on-Suir Crime Awareness Committee with the help of the Gardai will spearhead a campaign to set up more Neighbourhood Watch crime prevention groups in the town in the new year.
This is the next step the two month old Committee plans to take following its second public meeting about tackling anti-social behaviour problems in the town that attracted about 150 people last week.
The meeting in the Carraig Hotel was attended by senior Garda officers for the Clonmel District that encompasses Carrick-on-Suir including Supt. John Courtney, Insp. Paul O’Driscoll and Sgt. Ian Barrett.
FF Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan, one of the Committee’s founders, said they wanted to have an active Neighbourhood Watch in most estates in the town and will start work after Christmas on getting communities to work together to set up these committees.
Neighbourhood Watch is a crime prevention and community safety scheme for urban areas where the public work with the Gardai to tackle crime by looking out for their neighbours and reporting suspcious activities to the Gardai.
Sgt. Ian Barrett, who is based in Carrick Garda Station, said there are already a number of Neighbourhood Watch groups in the town and the Gardai will gladly assist residents, who want to form groups in their areas.
He said residents should contact Carrick Garda Station at (051) 640024 where they will receive advice and help in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch group from members of their community policing team.