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Crime prevention is everybody’s business

The Gardaí cannot fight crime alone without the support and cooperation of the community. Everybody has a role to play in attempting to prevent and reduce crime. I would encourage all members of the community to actively consider how they can contribute to this goal. These pamphlet contain basic information which will help you to improve your own security, and reduce the fear of crime and the risk of it occurring. The information provided promotes a safer, more secure and pleasant environment to both enjoy, live and work in.

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Personal Safety

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If you are experiencing Anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please contact your local county council and Garda Station.


Louth Local Authorities employ two full – time anti social behaviour investigations officers to deal with ASB in local authority houses/ estates.
Their remit extends to:

  • Local authority tenants
  • Rental Accommodation Scheme
  • Leasing tenants
  • Residents of purchased local authority houses who are not the owners.

Louth has an Anti Social Behaviour form that can be completed where people wish to make a complaint about anti social behaviour in their estates.
If you wish to make a complaint you need to complete an applicationform and then return to your local housing office.

Contact details Louth County Council, Housing Section at 1890 202303 or 042 9353 160 or

A mobile phone scam to watch out for

Declan Waugh from Bandon got in tough because he felt readers might be interested to know of a relatively new mobile phone scam that operates via text messaging which he says could cost the unexpecting hundreds of euros.

“Recently, I was asked to examine the mobile phone of an elderly gentleman who could not understand how his mobile was costing so much each month,” he writes.

Waugh noticed that his friend was receiving text messages from a company which operates a premium rate messaging service, He says the company sent a text message to the mobile with an embedded web link

“If you open the text message, it can direct you to accepting a premium cost service without your knowledge,” he writes.  “In this case, the user unwittingly signed up to a service subscription that charged €2 for each text message received from the company,”  He says the man he was helping was “entirely unaware” he was being charged for a service he did not request, but could not understand at the same time how his mobile phone bill was so expensive.  Incredibly, he had received over 270 messages resulting in €540 being deducted from his mobile account.”

He describes it as “highway electronic robbery” and says “the practice should be outlawed immediately.  The people who are most susceptible are the elderly who may be unfamiliar with the technology.”

He suggests that readers check their mobile phone bills and text messages to ensure that they are not being similarly charged for a service without their knowledge