Funding for community text alert schemes to help prevent crime in Wexford.

The Government has allocated funding for community text alert schemes to help prevent crime in Wexford.

According to Minister Paul Kehoe, community groups working to prevent crime in the county can now apply for funding under the 2018 Text Alert Rebate Scheme, to assist them in their work.

€150,000 has been made available to local communities across Ireland with Minister Kehoe calling on groups in Wexford to apply.

“This scheme allows Text Alert Groups registered with An Garda Síochána to apply for a rebate towards the costs associated with running their local Text Alert Scheme,” Minister Kehoe said.

“This initiative has developed as an important crime prevention mechanism with over 600 local groups across the country involving in excess of 120,000 subscribers and with an estimated 200,000 text messages sent each month under the scheme.

“It’s an efficient way of tackling crime, allowing Gardaí to provide crime prevention information to community contacts who in turn forward the information to all members of a community group.

“Last year saw payments made under the rebate scheme almost double to €125,000 paid out to almost 450 groups. The majority of Text Alert Groups who applied in 2017 received a rebate of between €200 and €350 to assist them in their work, and I would encourage even more groups from <County> to apply for the funding this year.

“This funding is just one element of the Government’s work on crime prevention in rural communities.”

The Scheme will be operated by Muintir na Tíre again this year and details of how to apply are now available on their website www.muintir.ie.

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