Local community members and organisation representatives came together with members of the Garda at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 28
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of a modern high-tech CCTV being installed by the community in Fethard.
Special guests were Paul Hennessy from ‘SafeTown – partnership in Security’, and Jeff Harney, Northwood Technology – Digital Age Security’, who both gave a presentation on how CCTV is used effectively in towns similar to Fethard.
The meeting, organised by Fethard & Killusty Community Council, welcomed the Garda representation of Superintendent John Courtney, Sergeant John Burke and Garda Denis O’Brien who were all very enthusiastic about the project. Superintendent Courtney stated that available CCTV is one of the most important assets in solving present day crime. Sergeant John Burke also highlighted the advantages of having a community based CCTV system in Fethard. Also present was Conor Maguire, Coolmore Stud, who stated they were fully supportive of the project in Fethard.
Paul Hennessy illustrated, with video footage, the high definition quality of the new wireless digital cameras which are up to 20 times more powerful than previous systems. He also showed examples taken from various cameras used effectively in real-time situations such as football stadiums, businesses and other towns. Paul also listed some of the many benefits of having an operative community CCTV system, saying it helps make your town a safer and more pleasant place to live, shop, work and play, and it also improves confidence in making your town a better place for business, tourism while deterring unwelcome visitors.
Jeff Harney, Northwood Technology, said their company would carry out a survey of the town, free-of-charge, and recommend a suitable system for Fethard. It was suggested that the system be high-end and be expandable at a later date as required.
Individuals present were also very much in favour of using a CCTV system in Fethard and were very interested in the possibilities of extending it to outlying areas.
The results of the meeting will be brought back to the next meeting of the Community Council and the follow-up stage will be discussed in conjunction with the Business & Tourism Group.