There was a full house last night at the 6 month review of the Castlebar Business Watch project in the county town.
The initiative, established last June to assist businesses in the town, working with the gardai to crack down on crimes against businesses, started off with 63 businesses signed up and that has now grown to 251 businesses, the majority of these are retailers.
Last night’s meeting was addressed by the Chief Supt for Mayo Pat Diskin, Supt Joe McKenna , Sgt Dave Tiernan and Community Garda Michael Toland.
Shoplifting continues to be a problem for many retailers in Castlebar and Sgt Joe McKenna explained that while the gardai are keen to prosecute in such cases, they need people to make statements on record to the gardai for successful prosecutions.
In addition he added that if there is CCTV evidence available it is very helpful in successful prosecutions.
Chief Supt Pat Diskin told the gathering that in the New Year he will have additional sergeants and gardai available in the county assigned to community policing.
John Fahy a retailer on Main Street in Castlebar was in high praise of the Castlebar Business Watch project last night. He described it as the most effective initiative to combat crime in the town ever and thanked the gardai for their work with the business people to ensure its success.