I have been asked by visitors to my website www.acaringcommunity.org where did I come up with the idea that
"A Caring Community is a Safer Community."
In 1990 as a young Garda I held with 20 Neighbourhood Watches and 5 Community Alert Groups
" A Safer Towns ,Villages and Rural Areas " event in Clonmel Co Tipperary . The purpose of this event was to celebrate the success in preventing crime that the 20 Neighbourhood Watches and 6 Community Alerts had in Clonmel Town and Clonmel Garda District over a 4 years period 1986/1990.
The 20 Neighbourhood Watches had first been launched in the town in 1986/1987
The logo for the Neighbourbourhood Watch was that "Neighbourhood Unity Derters Crime"
We produced a booklet for the 1990 event called
"Anybody Can Help To Prevent Crime "
I had learned over the years that people reporting suspicious activity to the Gardai, alarms ,widow locks ,Gardai patrolling areas could help to prevent crime.
If asked what was the best crime prevention of all ?
I would say " A Good Neighbour " and of course if a groups of neighbours meet to set up a Neighbourhood Watch or A Community Alert for their Area all the better.
Finally I came up with the Logo for Community Alert Groups
" A Caring Community is A Safer Community " which I felt reflected Community Alert Groups in 1990s which helped to prevent crime but also looked after the Older and Vunerable Persons in the Community.
For further Information see my web page Good Neighbours .