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MEM­BERS of the com­mu­nity and gar­daí met in Kil­coole re­cently for a meet­ing of the newly-formed Neigh­bour­hood Watch.

Res­i­dent and com­mit­tee mem­ber Char­lotte Byrne said that they were joined by Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Quirke and mem­bers of the gar­daí for the meet­ing, as well as crime pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer Sgt John Gill.

Also at­tend­ing the meet­ing at Forester’s Hall were lo­cal coun­cil­lors and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Char­lotte said that the pur­pose of the meet­ing was to launch the neigh­bour­hood watch scheme.

‘The en­tire vil­lage has come in un­der the one um­brella,’ said Char­lotte. The vast ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents agreed to get in­volved.

They also in­di­cated whether or not they would be in­ter­ested in tak­ing any sig­nif­i­cant role in the or­gan­i­sa­tional end of things.

One of the schemes in place is a text alert, with con­tact peo­ple in each es­tate who will pass the in­for­ma­tion to their neigh­bours ei­ther by What­sApp, text or Face­book.

The next aim is to get signs erected by Wick­low County Coun­cil. They will buy their own to be put up by the coun­cil.

Char­lotte said that this fol­lowed the ‘Feet on the Beat’ ini­tia­tive set up last Au­gust fol­low­ing some bur­glar­ies and car thefts in the area.

She said that the small group had no po­lit­i­cal bias, with the main aim of cam­paign­ing for the pres­ence of more vis­i­ble gar­dai in the area.

Garda Molly Cor­bett, Garda Alan Thomp­son, Char­lotte Byrne, Sharon O’Con­nor, Deirdre Moran, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent JP Quirke, In­spec­tor Sea­mus Roth­well and Sergeant Barry Turner at the Kil­coole Neigh­bour­hood Watch meet­ing at Foresters Hall in Kil­coole...

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