On the 10th February 2013, a Crime Prevention information meeting was held in Straide Community Centre. The main speaker was Sergeant Tony Cosgrove, Crime Prevention Officer for Mayo. Sergeant David Tiernan, Muintir na Tíre representative Bernard Kearney and members of the Straide community, who expressed interest in setting up a Community Text Alert Group, were also in attendance.
On the 24th February 2013, through the Parish Newsletter, a member of each household was invited to a meeting in the Straide Community Centre. The purpose of the meeting was to nominate people to form a committee ( Straide Community Alert Group, SCAG) consisting of; A Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as volunteers willing to help out in setting up the system in partnership with the Gardaí Síochána, Muintir na Tíre and Mayo County Council.
At the meeting, it was decided that the best way to raise funding was a donation of 10 Euro from each household. An automated forwarding text provider was sourced and contracted. A bank of mobile phone numbers were collected from local contacts and forwarded to the text alert provider.
Mayo County Council were contacted to seek permission to dig posts holes at every entrance road to the Parish. Ann Sweeney, Area Road Engineer inspected the positions of the intended post holes. She gave permission and also donated the steel tubular poles. Poles were cemented in and locally manufactured signs were affixed to the tubular poles. The feedback from the community on the up and running system was positive.
The local garda division hold crime information sessions regularly. A representative of the committee attends to keep up to date on current crime prevention measures.
Example of how Text Alert operates:
Informant contacts local district garda station. Observations are recorded and verified by the garda. Following that, the garda contacts Text Alert provider.
Example from Text Alert Provider.
WarnSCAG. There have been reports of a car acting suspiciously in the Straide area. KLO Blue Audi 131 D_ _ _ ( the full vehicle registration number is not given)
** SCAG: Straide Community Alert Group
** KLO: Keep look out.