Meeting hears burglaries on the rise in Athenry

A community meeting on crime prevention held in Athenry on Monday evening heard how tens of domestic burglaries have been committed in the town in the past three months.

The meeting was attended by over 100 concerned residents who heard representations from Gardai, community alert representatives Pat Morrissey and Des Healy and Athenry-Oranmore county councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn.

The meeting was called following a spate of house break-ins in Athenry over the winter months when several locations in the town areas were targeted. Some homes were broken into during daylight hours and one dwelling was accessed through a front facing window.

Local resident Adam Nawrocki recalled how his house on the Tuam road was broken into one afternoon in January and, “all the house was searched and only cigarettes and sleeping pills were taken; we had no cash in the house so not a big loss but the trauma is there all the same”.

Sergeant Michael Walsh of the Crime Prevention Office reiterated the Garda message to, “lock up and light up”. He advised concerned residents to take the following security measures in their homes, regardless of whether they are home or not – turn on lights, user timer switchers, lock all doors and windows, use an alarm, store keys away from windows and litter boxes, and not to keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.

Speaking to The Galway Pulse, Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn said:

“I have tabled a motion at Galway County Council requesting the Council to write to the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner on Garda numbers and the roll out of CCTV. There is an appetite for Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert in Athenry; however we also need to get back to our neighbourly instincts and engage more with our neighbours like in past times.”

The outcome of the meeting was that six neighbourhood groups were established which will amalgamate as one text alert area as part of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

There are currently 5 Gardai stationed in Athenry with one vehicle at their disposal.

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