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Personal Security Everyone has a responsibility to look after their own personal security and not to place themselves in danger. However there are many ways by which we can take extra care and know the danger signs. Recently our Tea/Coffee group had talks from local Sergeant, Declan McGarvey, and also from the Crime Prevention Officer for Cavan Monaghan, Mick Duffy. Both of these were excellent and everyone present were delighted to be made w aware of ways to help protect oneself in our homes and ways that we can get help when needed. As a result of those talks Emyvale Development Association decided that the Garda Station in Emyvale should be reopened and staffed properly for many reasons. There was a time when there were over 40 Gardai stationed in Emyvale but those were the days of Foot and Mouth disease. During the troubles there was an average of 25 Gardai stationed here. When peace was established these numbers were reduced to one sergeant and five Gardai but with retirements and no replacements we were then reduced to one sergeant and one garda and that is the number today. However – worse than that – these two members of the Garda force have to carry out some of their time on duty in Monaghan and so there are times when there is no actual Garda in Emyvale but the whole of North Monaghan depends on coverage from Monaghan. To us that is not acceptable and leaves us exposed to criminals because we are rural and because of the number of isolated border crossings. The authorities may have the number of reported crimes in the area over a period of the year but we are told that a number of people did not report to the Gardai as they felt it was a waste of time as the criminals would be long gone before the Gardai arrived. There are many people living in fear and dread, especially those who live alone, and the knowledge that the Gardai are patrolling the local roads is always a comfort to them. We have requested local public representatives to campaign for the restoration of Garda coverage of North Monaghan by reopening the Emyvale Station and posting sufficient Gardai to man the area of North Monaghan. Minister Humphreys has made an approach to Minister Flanagan and we have contacted the Garda Commissioner. Both have promised to examine the situation. A Mail on Sunday journalist, Debbie McCann, had an excellent article in last Sunday’s edition of the paper and Emyvale was very much a place needing a reopened station, according to her article. You can assist by contacting your public representative and urging them to exert pressure on the authorities to have this done immediately. The more people push for it the more chance we have of getting it done and it is for everyone’s benefit, except of course the burglar. On this matter as well we would advise and encourage everyone to get involved with the Monaghan County Council Alert service. You can register on line, which requires that you supply your mobile number and email address so that Monaghan Alerts can deliver alerts to you. If you give your location then you will only receive alerts relevant to that area and you can ‘unregister’ at any time. It is also free of charge. Many areas already have a Community Alert system which is excellent and it is hoped to combine this with the Council system and so remove the costs involved in the existing Community Alert system. I can also draw your attention to another method by which one can help secure their property or make it identifiable if stolen. Monaghan County Council has purchased a Property Marking Machine, which can punch your EIRCODE into almost any object, making it a less attractive target to thieves, and making it simple to re-unite you with your property should you ever lose it.  We are lending the machine out to community groups, sports clubs, businesses, etc. - anyone who wishes to organise a property marking event in their area. Once 50 premises in an area have been covered, we will erect signs along the roads, ‘Property Marking Scheme in Operation in this Area’, to alert would-be thieves that the area is well protected. Signs and stickers are also available to purchase, for display at the entrance to your home, etc.  If you are interested in organising a property marking event, contact the Community Section of Monaghan County Council to book the machine for the date of your event -  047 30500 clambe@monaghancoco.ie. Our phot shows Liz Brannigan from Monaghan Co Co demonstrating the machine to Councillors from County Clare. Cllr P.J. Kelly, Clare Co Co; Liz Brannigan, Monaghan Co. Co.; Mayor of Monaghan, Cllr David Maxwell; Cllr. Clare Colleran, Clare Co. Co.; and Cllr Christy Curtin. Clare Co. Co. Monaghan Co. Co. members demonstrate the Security Marking machine which they are using to give equipment a personal and permanent identification which helps in identifying property if stolen.
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Personal Security Everyone has a responsibility to look after their own personal security and not to place themselves in danger. However there are many ways by which we can take extra care and know the danger signs. Recently our Tea/Coffee group had talks from local Sergeant, Declan McGarvey, and also from the Crime Prevention Officer for Cavan Monaghan, Mick Duffy. Both of these were excellent and everyone present were delighted to be made w aware of ways to help protect oneself in our homes and ways that we can get help when needed. As a result of those talks Emyvale Development Association decided that the Garda Station in Emyvale should be reopened and staffed properly for many reasons. There was a time when there were over 40 Gardai stationed in Emyvale but those were the days of Foot and Mouth disease. During the troubles there was an average of 25 Gardai stationed here. When peace was established these numbers were reduced to one sergeant and five Gardai but with retirements and no replacements we were then reduced to one sergeant and one garda and that is the number today. However – worse than that – these two members of the Garda force have to carry out some of their time on duty in Monaghan and so there are times when there is no actual Garda in Emyvale but the whole of North Monaghan depends on coverage from Monaghan. To us that is not acceptable and leaves us exposed to criminals because we are rural and because of the number of isolated border crossings. The authorities may have the number of reported crimes in the area over a period of the year but we are told that a number of people did not report to the Gardai as they felt it was a waste of time as the criminals would be long gone before the Gardai arrived. There are many people living in fear and dread, especially those who live alone, and the knowledge that the Gardai are patrolling the local roads is always a comfort to them. We have requested local public representatives to campaign for the restoration of Garda coverage of North Monaghan by reopening the Emyvale Station and posting sufficient Gardai to man the area of North Monaghan. Minister Humphreys has made an approach to Minister Flanagan and we have contacted the Garda Commissioner. Both have promised to examine the situation. A Mail on Sunday journalist, Debbie McCann, had an excellent article in last Sunday’s edition of the paper and Emyvale was very much a place needing a reopened station, according to her article. You can assist by contacting your public representative and urging them to exert pressure on the authorities to have this done immediately. The more people push for it the more chance we have of getting it done and it is for everyone’s benefit, except of course the burglar. On this matter as well we would advise and encourage everyone to get involved with the Monaghan County Council Alert service. You can register on line, which requires that you supply your mobile number and email address so that Monaghan Alerts can deliver alerts to you. If you give your location then you will only receive alerts relevant to that area and you can ‘unregister’ at any time. It is also free of charge. Many areas already have a Community Alert system which is excellent and it is hoped to combine this with the Council system and so remove the costs involved in the existing Community Alert system. I can also draw your attention to another method by which one can help secure their property or make it identifiable if stolen. Monaghan County Council has purchased a Property Marking Machine, which can punch your EIRCODE into almost any object, making it a less attractive target to thieves, and making it simple to re-unite you with your property should you ever lose it.  We are lending the machine out to community groups, sports clubs, businesses, etc. - anyone who wishes to organise a property marking event in their area. Once 50 premises in an area have been covered, we will erect signs along the roads, ‘Property Marking Scheme in Operation in this Area’, to alert would-be thieves that the area is well protected. Signs and stickers are also available to purchase, for display at the entrance to your home, etc.  If you are interested in organising a property marking event, contact the Community Section of Monaghan County Council to book the machine for the date of your event -  047 30500 clambe@monaghancoco.ie. Our phot shows Liz Brannigan from Monaghan Co Co demonstrating the machine to Councillors from County Clare. Cllr P.J. Kelly, Clare Co Co; Liz Brannigan, Monaghan Co. Co.; Mayor of Monaghan, Cllr David Maxwell; Cllr. Clare Colleran, Clare Co. Co.; and Cllr Christy Curtin. Clare Co. Co. Monaghan Co. Co. members demonstrate the Security Marking machine which they are using to give equipment a personal and permanent identification which helps in identifying property if stolen.
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