Patrols Out To Thwart South Armagh Burglars
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
SINN Fein Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has insisted that in relation to responding to burglaries, "the best security we have is each other."
The Slieve Gullion Councillor was speaking to the Democrat after the launch of an initiative in the Camlough/Bessbrook areas aimed at raising awareness about an upsurge of crime in the area.
On Sunday night, members of the Camlough Community Association and friends took to the streets to walk the area in a show of solidarity with those affected.
“We were only expecting a couple of people and we had between 25 and 30 people who turned up on Sunday night," said Cllr Mulgrew.
“So it shows you how upset people are. We covered the Quarter Road, Cambrook, all of the village and we just walked up and down, and walked through little entry ways where maybe it would be quite dark.
“We had a couple of people who had come up from Bessbrook - from the Church View area of Bessbrook and of course there have been a couple of robberies there as well.
“So we went down and covered that part of Bessbrook as well, and I think there's a few of the residents there are just going to start walking around.
"Any people that we knew were by themselves or who were older - we knocked the door just to say: 'Look, don't worry - this community is here to look after you, and if you've any issues, lift the phone. Don't be afraid about annoying people.'"
Ms Mulgrew pointed out that it is, not, however just the elderly who have been targeted, and also called on the police to be more visible in the area - and thereby follow the lead of those who were out walking and who will continue to do so.
“We had a number of older residents who have lived in the village for decades and decades but it's not exclusively older people [who have been targeted], there have been other family homes, younger people and single people targeted as well," she said.
“But there have certainly been a couple of older people who's homes have been targeted and anything people take is secondary to the upset and the fear that it causes.
“So basically we have been asking for the police to step up patrols - they need to be out walking - they need people to see them out walking.
“We will be walking every night at about 6pm. We're just asking people to be more aware of what's happening in their own area, because the best security that we have is each other."
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