Garda Community Text Alert Scheme figures have doubled in the past three years, with over 7,200 subscribers in 51 schemes in the North Cork area.

Fermoy Community Alert Scheme chairman, Tadhg O’Donovan this week said that the figures were “testimony to the success to date” of the community scheme, which he said is an important tool to combat rural isolation and vulnerability to crime.

Under the Text Alert service, subscribers signed up through community schemes to receive alerts from Gardaí advising them of suspicious or criminal activity in their local area. Members of the public can also “initiate the process” by reporting suspicious activity to their local station, Mr O’Donovan said.

However, he appealed to people in County Cork to continue to tackle rural crime by signing up to and using the text alert scheme.

According to figures released by the Garda Crime Prevention Centre, as of April 2017, there are now 191,181 subscribers to the scheme nationwide, compared to 80,000 in 2014.

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