A public meeting on crime and policing in Kilkenny will take place on January 27 at 7.30pm in Grennan College, Thomastown.
The meeting has been organised by chairman of the Joint Policing Committee and local councillor Patrick McKee, and it will be attended by senior officials from An Garda Siochana.
Initial steps will be taken to establish a text alert scheme for Thomastown and the surrounding areas. Thomastown is one of the few towns left which have no such scheme, and there have been a number of burglaries in the area in recent times.
The meeting's agenda will include an open discussion on rural crime, and advice on protecting your home and property. Gardai will also present a report on serious crime figures in Kilkenny for last year.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to contribute to the discussion.
Speaking to the Kilkenny People, Cllr McKee said it was very important to ensure that the Joint Policing Committee visits rural towns and villages to hear the views of the public.
“Rural dwellers are concerned about rural crime and home security,” he said.
“I’m pleased that Sergeant Peter McConnon, who is the Crime Prevention Officer for Carlow-Kilkenny will be in attendance on the night to provide advice on home security. I’m also eager to begin the process of establishing a text alert system for the people of Thomastown.
“These schemes have been very successful in other areas of the county and are of great assistance to Gardai in tackling criminals. Community buy-in is crucial to the success of text alert schemes and I’m confident that the local community in Thomastown will see the benefits and will work to ensure it is successful. This is about protecting our communities against criminality.”