CRIME PREVENTION: At the launch of the Killarney ‘SEE Something SAY Something’ text service in Killarney were: Eileen O’Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District Officer) and Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster with Cllr Niall Kelleher (Chairperson, Joint Policing Committee), Superintendent Flor Murphy, Frank Doran (Chairman Purple Flag Committee), Paul Sherry (President Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce), Cllr John Sheahan (Cathaoirleach, Killarney Municipal District) and Brian Stephenson, (Text Service Creator). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan
By Michelle Crean
The streets of Killarney are set to be much safer thanks to the launch of a new crime reporting text service.
This week, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and An Garda Siochana, jointly launched the ‘SEE Something SAY Something’ initiative – where the public can report crime or anti-social behavior anonymously with their phone.
Members of the public can simply text KILLARNEY and a brief account of the incident and the location to 50555 which will be received by the sergeant on duty and acted upon immediately.
The service was developed by entrepreneur Brian Stephenson and has been very successful in Tralee.
The new service will complement the Purple Flag initiative aimed at maintaining Killarney’s standing as one of the safest and most attractive towns in the country at night.
“SEE Something SAY Somethinghas worked very successfully in Tralee and we are delighted to be able to introduce it to Killarney,” Superintendent Flor Murphy, said. “It’s all about public safety and making our town and its surrounds better and safer for residents and visitors. It doesn’t take away the traditional methods of fighting crime, but it will enable us to work more quickly and more smartly if anti-social behaviour or criminality is reported by text message.”