Vigilance needed to combat shoplifting in Clonmel during Christmas

The attendance at the meeting of Business Watch included, seated, Tony Egan, Garda Superintendent William Leahy, Joe Leahy (chairperson, Association of Clonmel Traders), Catherine Peters and Margaret Morris. Standing, Garda Sgt. Kieran ORegan, Teresa OLoughlin, Ann Marie Breen, Fidelma OFlaherty, Kate OMahony, Mary Morris and Garda Claire Murphy.
The importance of shops and businesses in the Clonmel area remaining vigilant, especially at this time of the year, was stressed at a recent meeting of Business Watch.

The importance of shops and businesses in the Clonmel area remaining vigilant, especially at this time of the year, was stressed at a recent meeting of Business Watch.

Shop owners were also encouraged to contact the Gardai when they notice suspicious activity taking place, as this can lead to the early identification of shoplifters and prevent other shoplifting incidents.

Business Watch is a crime prevention programme designed by the Gardai. It is similar to the Neighbourhood Watch and Text Alert schemes, whereby the Gardai and community come together to prevent and reduce crime in the locality. The scheme can help solve many of the problems that businesses face in the battle against crime.

Business Watch provides a framework whereby the business community can get together and be instrumental in preventing crime in their own community. Members report what they see or suspect immediately to the Gardai and to other members of Business Watch through the lines of contact provided by the scheme. They work closely with their local Gardai to ensure their premises are as secure as possible.

Joe Leahy, chairperson of the Association of Clonmel Traders welcomed the presentations made by Supt. William Leahy, Sgt. Kieran O’Regan and Garda Claire Murphy at the Association’s recent meeting. The speakers outlined the importance of vigiliance in the local retail environment, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

Joe Leahy thanked the Gardai for their presentations. He requested all retailers to sign up to the Business Watch programme. Further details are available from Joe Leahy on 086-2606988 or any committee member of the Association of Clonmel Traders.

Grow It Yourself meeting

The Clonmel Grow It Yourself (GIY) meeting will take place this evening, Wednesday, December 10 at 7pm in Clonmel Library. It will take the form of a gardening-related quiz (in tables or in pairs) and seasonal social gathering, with mulled apple juice and mince pies provided.