BALLYPOREEN ON HIGH ALERT AFTER ROBBERIES
Ballyporeen residents are on a heightened state of alert following a spate of robberies in the area over the last two weeks. A number of houses were ransacked last Friday, February 29, and Cahir gardai say a ‘considerable’ amount of valuables were stolen.
The robberies, which happened between 6pm and 9.30pm, follow a recent attempted robbery at the Post Office in the village. Louise Senior of Ballyporeen Community Council has described the incidents as ‘worrying’.
“People should be vigilant at all times,” the chairperson of the community council told The Avondhu, “lock all the doors when leaving the house and report any suspicious activity to the gardai.”
The chairman of Ballyporeen Community Alert group, Pat Clancy, also recommended that people should be vigilant at all times.
“We are in a position to supply monitored alarms, security lights and door and window locks to eligible old age pensioners", he told The Avondhu.
Confirming that the group had provided between 15 to 20 alarms to people in the Ballyporeen area, the chairman said that intending applicants should contact any member of the committee.
The group, a sub committee of Ballyporeen Community Council, will hold its AGM later this month. Meanwhile South Tipperary Fianna Fail TD, Mattie McGrath this week came out strongly against the robberies.
“I can only condemn these incidents as an attack on the local community", he told The Avondhu. “They appear to have been well planned and coordinated”.
In praising the local garda, Kieran O’Donovan, the deputy called on the garda traffic corps to redirect some of its attention to the Ballyporeen area in the coming weeks.
“There is an active Community Alert group in Ballyporeen but they can only do so much. It is up to everyone to be vigilant", Mattie McGrath concluded.
In a statement to The Avondhu gardai echoed calls for vigilance.
“We can confirm that gardai are investigating three burglaries in Ballyporeen on February 29. The premises were broken into and cash and jewellery was stolen. Gardai would like to advise householders to be mindful of security and that they fit and set house alarms. Any suspicious activity should be reported to gardai.”
Cahir Gardai can be contacted at 052-41222.
Friday 7th March 6:51pm