Gardaí in the West Cork Division have teamed up with Rosscarbery Social Services, Meals On Wheels, to assist members of the community in promoting crime prevention.
Today, Gardaí launched the initiative which will see the volunteers from “Meals on Wheels” delivering crime prevention packs to people availing of their services. Speaking at the launch. Ms Fiona Calnan, Chairperson from Rosscarbery Social Services, said “This is welcomed initiative and ideal opportunity for us to reach out to the community to help with crime prevention. With some of our more rural deliveries, we can sometimes be the only contact that a person may have during the week.”
Crime Prevention Officer for the West Cork Division, Sgt James O Donovan said “This is another great way for us to get the message out there. Our crime prevention packs have advice on topics such as burglaries, cold callers and rogue traders.”
“We are asking everyone to be vigilant when someone calls to your door saying they are from a reputable company or organisation. Firstly, if you have a chain lock or door limiter, make sure it is on when you answer the door. Tell the caller that you never employ trades people or buy goods from people who ‘cold call’ to your door. If you are worried that a person who calls to your door is not who they say they are, call the Gardaí immediately. Genuine trade’s people or organisations won’t be offended by any queries the Gardaí may make.”
Local resident Julia Hayes said “Any bit of help is welcomed and it is great to see things like this. We are very lucky here in Rosscarbery to have such services – it’s all about preventing crime.”
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