Text alert system already used in main towns

Launching the SEE Something SAY Something campaign in Killarney were, from left, Paul Sherry, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Supt Flor Murphy, Eileen O’Donoghue, Killarney Municipal District Officer, Brian Stephenson, system developer, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Kerry County Council and Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

THERE has been a call for the SEE Something SAY Something community text initiative, already in use in Killarney and Tralee, to be rolled out to every town and village in Kerry to help reduce public order offences.

Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald asked Kerry County Council to raise the matter with the Department of Justice and Equality as, he pointed out, the campaign has been very successful in reducing crime levels in the two large towns.

The innovative and practical technology tool was introduced to Killarney last summer in a joint initiative between the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and An Garda Siochana.

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The simple to use SEE Something SAY Something text messaging system allows members of the public to immediately alert gardai to any issue that might be of concern and it enables them to react in a very prompt and efficient manner to any incident reported.

The free text message is received by the sergeant on duty and it is 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.

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