If you see it, say it to help solve it

At the launch of SEE Something SAY Something were from left, Paul Sherry, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Supt Flor Murphy, Eileen O’Donoghue, Killarney Municipal District Officer, Brian Stephenson, text system designer, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Chairman, Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster, Frank Doran, Killarney Purple Flag Committee and Cllr John Sheahan, Mayor of Killarney.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

AN innovative and very practical new technology tool to ensure the streets of Killarney remain safe for everyone has been launched in a joint initiative between Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and An Garda Siochana.

The clever but simple to use SEE Something SAY Something text messaging system will allow members of the public to immediately alert Gardai to any issue that might be of concern and it will enable them to react in a very prompt and efficient manner to any incident reported.

The free text message will be received by the sergeant on duty and it will be acted upon immediately.

Using any model of mobile phone, members of the public can immediately report a crime or any incident of anti-social behaviour by simply texting KILLARNEY and a brief account of the incident and the location to 50555.

The service, developed by Tralee entrepreneur Brian Stephenson, is free of charge and it is completely anonymous with the mobile phone number used remaining confidential.

The system, already successfully introduced in Tralee with hugely positive results, will complement the Purple Flag initiative that is aimed at enhancing Killarney’s standing as one of the safest and most attractive towns in the country at night.

The signs and posters around the town will look like this

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry, said while Killarney is well established and highly regarded as one of the safest towns in the country, the SEE Something SAY Something initiative will further safeguard the safety and security of locals and visitors.

“The Chamber is delighted to be involved in this fantastic project and we are urging the public to give it their full support as it can only work well with their involvement,” he said.

“This is another tool for the Gardai to use in conjunction with the Purple Flag project and Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert schemes and the real winner here is Killarney,” he said.

Killarney Garda Superintendent Flor Murphy commended and acknowledged the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce for taking the project on board and for embracing it so enthusiastically.

SEE Something SAY Something has worked very successfully in Tralee and we are delighted to be able to introduce it to Killarney. It’s all about public safety and making our town and its surrounds better and safer for residents and visitors,” he said.

“It is a new, modern and smart way for the public to communicate with the Gardai without having to formally report incidents and while remaining anonymous with an assurance of confidentiality,” he added.

Eileen O’Donoghue, Killarney Municipal District Officer and Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster with, at back, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Chairperson, Joint Policing Committee, Superintendent Flor Murphy, Frank Doran, Killarney Purple Flag Committee, Paul Sherry, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Cllr John Sheahan, Mayor of Killarney and Brian Stephenson, project designer.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

“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,” Supt Murphy said.

Very distinctive promotional signage highlighting the SEE Something SAY Something text number – including signs, posters and stickers – will be erected in several high-visibility outdoor and indoor vantage points in and around the town and the public is being encouraged to embrace the initiative to tackle suspicious or illegal behaviour.

The Chairman of the Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Niall Kelleher, who is also Vice President of the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, has encouraged all businesses to erect stickers with the text details in their premises.

“This is not replacing the traditional method of dialling 999 in the event of an emergency but it is a very valuable cost effective and user friendly tool to ensure Killarney is a safer and happier place for all,” he said.

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