MMRA AGM – Security Advice Garda John O’Shea

I would like to thank all the members of the Mount Merrion Residents Association for their work throughout the year.  Whilst Covid has brought a lot of challenges, I personally feel that the work of the residents association has made the work of An Garda Síochána a lot easier during this difficult time.

For nearly 15 years I have attended the MMRA AGM, whilst I can’t this year, I would like to make a few short notes on security. One message I always try to get out to residents is Always check the caller before opening your front doorThis can be done by looking through your window/spy hole or speaking behind your door.

Personal Safety
Many people routinely employ door-to-door traders and repair people / contractors. Some of these people carry out very little work and charge exorbitant amounts of money for their services.

  • Check if the company is on the company’s registration office Ireland on www.cro.ie
  • Verify the company or person has insurance.
  • Verify the company or person has a VAT number.
  • Be particularly careful where sales documentation only displays mobile contact numbers or incomplete addresses. Telephone directory enquiries can assist in establishing the credibility and bona fides of the company or individual concerned.
  • Never engage a person who insists on cash payment for services offered. Even when employing a reputable company always use a method of payment that is traceable.
  • Ask for 3 references. Residents should visit and talk to people who have used said company or person.

Simple measures people should do before getting any work done. Whether the job is 50 euro or 50,000 euro. Whilst there is no guarantee to the standard of work being done it may reduce the probability of sub-standard work.

Burglaries
Its really important residents use all of their security devices from locks to alarms.
Giving your home the sense of life when empty acts as an excellent deterrent.
Not to leave cash or jewellery in your house.  If you have to Please leave it somewhere that is different to the normal (not bed side locker, hall drawers, under the bed etc.)

Theft from Cars
Park and lock your car in secure, well-lit areas. Keep valuables including bags and coats out of your car. Always make a physical check to ensure your vehicle is locked.

Online/Phone Scams
Beware of unsolicited telephone calls.
Don’t share your credit or debit card pin numbers or your online banking passwords.
Don’t transfer money to another account on their request. Your bank will never ask you to do so.

Domestic Violence
One item that has increased is all forms of domestic violence, as a community I would like to think that we all have a part to play in looking out for each other.
Anyone who may wish to report or discuss an incident of Domestic or Sexual Violence can contact 112/ 999 or their local Garda Station.

Contact Number
Finally, If I can help anyone, I can be contacted at Blackrock Garda Station 01 666 5200 or feel free to stop me when I’m out on mountain bike patrol.

Kind Regards,

Garda John O’Shea
Community Policing Unit
Blackrock 

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