Sergant Seamus Rothwell of Newbridge Garda Station reminded businesses in Newbridge last week of the old adage that ‘prevention is better than cure’ at the launch of Newbridge Business Watch in conjunction with Newbridge Chamber on Monday June 30 last.
He urged businesses in the local commercial community to work together to minimise crime in the town.
“The main goal of Business Watch is to assist business owners to protect their premises, their employees and their stock and to also help fellow businesses to do the same,” said Sgt. Rothwell at the launch in Riverbank Arts Centre. “Barry Corcoran has been appointed as the Liaison Garda for Newbridge Business Watch and he will co-ordinate the scheme by passing on information gleaned from one business to another in a timely fashion so as to prevent crime.”
Accordging to Sgt Rothwell local shops really feel the brunt of even petty thefts, as the costs add up when incidences are repeated. More professional gangs can take racks of stock very quickly, leaving businesses substantially down. Hence the importance of the Business Watch system where businesses call Garda Corcoran to alert him of activity and the Gardai can then take immediate action. They can also call neighbouring premises directly to give them prompt advance warning.
The advice given out at the launch included the importance of premises installing good quality CCTV (at front door).
Newbridge has its own Criminal Intelligence Officer – Yvonne Darley - who will recognise the majority of such criminals on sight.
The importance of carefully chosen keyholders, lots of lights, manned security patrols and alarms are also required.