Kill Community Alert members swung into action last week, and with the assistance of the gardai, helped foil crime in the area.
Just two days after the launch on Monday, March 10, the service was utilised to great effect.
“Last night (Wednesday 12), a member foiled a series of robberies that might have taken place. Two vans were spotted acting suspiciously in the area and he followed them, got their registration numbers, and contacted the gardai,” explained Co-chairman Michael Corcoran.
The gardai later arrested the men, who were also seen scouting the area, the previous evening.
The new system has been broadly welcomed with over 400 people signed up. Up to 90 people turned out for the launch.
“We are working together, if we let the criminals conquer, they will divide us, but if we stand as one, nothing is impossible,” said Michael.
He said the group would be working with local organisations including The Tidy Towns, the Dramatic Society, the scouts, the GAA, The Shed and many more.
He pointed out that although the garda clinics at the Parish Hall every Tuesday are currently under review, they would be kept in place.
He said praised Supt. Ian Lackey and Gda. Pat Murphy for their support. One of the main issues of concern for residents was the illegal encampments on roadsides in the area. Michael explained how several caravans tried to move onto ground at a private estate but were prevented peacefully by residents and the gardai. He said one of the owners told him they moved from Straffan because one of their children almost got killed on the road. The residents want the council to address the problem and put in place stronger legislation on permit rules and illegal roadside encampments.