There is, like many estates, occasional burglaries, car thefts, bogus tradesmen and callers, etc – YOU can make the difference! Do not consider yourself a nuisance.
If you see a suspicious Person, Vehicle or any unusual Activity in the area then do PLEASE ring Cabinteely Gardaí 01 666 5400 or Dun Laoghaire Gardaí 01 666 5000. Try and get any additional information such as description of individual’s clothing or vehicle description and registration to pass it onto the Gardai but never put yourself at risk.
Join the Johnstown Residents Association SMS text and Viber text message alert system
Given the rising crime and changing demographic of the estate, we have put in place a central phone number to receive and send messages.
It will be firstly to alert people of break ins and secondly to make people aware of any suspicious activity or important JRA information.
There are two ways to communicate:
For those with Smartphones we will add you to the closed group. It is a free service. This will allow “Many to Many” conversations. If you wish to share information on a Robbery or Current suspicious activity, then simply text the group and all will immediately receive your notification.
2) Text Message
For those with standard text phones, you will be sent text messages with alerts that JRA receive in. If you wish to share information for us to distribute on a Robbery or Current suspicious activity, then text us.
Note this is only for residents of Johnstown Estate that we cover. We are not publically sharing this number.
If you want to participate, please email your Name, Address and Mobile phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dont forget to tell us which you want to be added to 1) Viber OR 2)Text Message group!
We will then validate your name against our address directory, if you are representing an elderly relative and wish to take part please contact us in addition with the address details of the relative within the estate.
Finally, we ask that messages comply with standard digital etiquette and common sense. As we note that other Viber groups, such as parent school groups, often go off topic or are misused.
- ONLY messages that specifically state Suspicious Activity or share details of a robbery/break in/theft
- No messages on Lost animals or general chat … keep that for our Facebook page or email us
- No need for “Thanks” or other comments as this can overwhelm all recipients with constant alerts of new messages on Viber
These details will also be in the Autumn Newsletter which will be printed this week and distributed the following week. We will then also be putting the same information on www.jra.me
Note: Residents concerned about any activity should always contact the Gardaí first and this is service is not connected to the Gardaí in anyway. This tool is simply to share information amongst ourselves and heighten awareness.
We reserve the right to remove people from the list and seek feedback at the AGM as to whether it is has proved worthwhile , at which time we may stop or continue the service.
NEW Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Planned but we need your help!
A start towards a safer estate, is communicating amongst ourselves when there is suspicious activity or an incident has occurred. So we are looking to establish a Text Alert System amongst residents and we will need at least one person per road. Once we have a network of contacts throughout our 21 roads, they will be a conduit for alerts for their fellow neighbours.
If you are willing to be a contact for your road, please send a private message to us through our facebook page with your Name, Email address, Road and Mobile number. You can also email us on email@example.com
Once we have at least one contact for every road, we will have a starting point! We need to have that network first and then we will agree a plan of action.
Advice from An Garda Síochána
Home security and burglary prevention advice from An Garda Síochána website https://www.garda.ie
Information below is from the https://www.garda.ie website. More details on https://www.garda.ie/en/Crime-Prevention/Securing-your-home/. There are a lot of downloads at the bottom of the page.
Wintertime Safety Advice
Data from the Garda Analysis Service shows that one-third of all burglaries are through the front doors – with most burglars using their own body to gain entry. Other key findings include:
- Burglars also commonly target back doors (26%), back windows (24%) and front windows (8%), with one in five cases involving a burglar getting access through an unsecured door or window.
- Jewellery and cash remain the most common objects stolen, with €600 being the average value of goods taken.
- Computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles are also among the top items stolen.
- Nearly half of burglaries (46%) occur between 5pm and 11pm.
- The practice of ‘fishing’, where car keys are fished through a letterbox by burglars, also remains a problem with the Dublin region most at risk
Having your home burgled is a distressing and traumatic experience. An Garda Síochána is hoping that by raising awareness of some simple crime prevention measures, such as locking up and lighting up, less Irish families will have to endure the pain of being burgled.
If going out, Irish homeowners should endeavour to make sure their home looks occupied – to Lock Up and Light Up. Use timer switches to turn on lights, lock all doors and windows, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and use your alarm.
Taking these simple steps will lessen a home’s vulnerability, deter burglars and protect homes.
Summertime Safety Advice
If your home is going to be vacant during the summer period;
1. Ask a trusted neighbour or family member to conduct frequent checks of the property at different times of the day to note any signs of trespassing or interference
2. Ensure the house alarm is set
3. Check all doors and windows are secure. (Use deadbolt locks if property is to be vacant for long periods)
4. Install timers on internal lights and motion detectors on external lights to make the house appear occupied and offer natural surveillance of the property
5. Ensure that the building doesn’t look neglected. Cut the grass, trim hedges etc.
6. Ask a neighbour to collect post or if you are going to be away for longer periods arrange a ‘mail minder’ service with An Post to retain post for collection and place a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign on letter-box
7. Inform the local Garda station about the premises being vacant to afford passing attention on patrols
If you are going on holiday and your home is going to be vacant, be mindful of what you post on social media. Even if you have enabled strict privacy settings, your holiday plans could be shared with unscrupulous people.
1. Don’t post status updates about your holidays while you’re still away
2. Don’t post pictures while you’re away
3. Respect other people’s privacy, don’t tag others while you and they are on holidays
4. Avoid posting upcoming travel plans
5. Consider turning off the location sharing setting of your phone’s camera app.
Signs of vacancy
The majority of burglaries take place in unoccupied homes. The following are some of the things a burglar looks for:
• No lights on at night, or just ‘dead’ lights on (porch, hall)
• Lights on constantly during the day
• Blinds pulled down, or curtains across during the day
• A build-up of papers and/or flyers in the letter box
• A build-up of letters in the hall or porch visible from outside
• A build-up of milk on the door-step
• Front gates closed and no car in the driveway
• Notes left for delivery men or callers
• Uncut lawn and untidy garden.
Most burglars are opportunists and will select the easiest target that they can find. Don’t offer them assistance by:
• Leaving any window open. Some people do this for ventilation forgetting that burglars will take advantage of the smallest opening
• Leaving external doors unlocked
• Leaving a key on a string, under a doormat, or in some other ‘good hiding place’ outside
• Failing to secure side doors, allowing entry to the back of the premises, which is more vulnerable to attack
• Failing to keep garages and sheds locked. Not only do they contain valuable property, but also tools which may help the burglar gain access to your home.
Burglars prefer to enter homes through a door because, if disturbed the open door provides the quickest escape route.
Whether an intruder will gain access to your home through your external doors may depend on:
• the strength of the construction material
• the quality of the locks
• proper fitting and installation.
If you are replacing your doors, you should consider doors that have already passed stringent security tests, such as PAS 24 2016, or for higher levels of security, doors meeting Irish & EU Burglar Resistant Security Standard IS EN 1627:2011.
Additional locks and limiters may be added for extra security. Remember to lock your doors. One in five burglars will enter a home via an unlocked door or window.
More than a third of burglars will enter your property through a window. A window’s individual vulnerability will depend on three main factors:
• The accessibility of the window
• The quality of the fabrication, strength and installation of the window
• The visibility of the window to neighbours or passers-by.
We can reduce their attraction as an entry point for the burglar by trying to minimize these risk features.
Windows manufactured to comply with the European standard I.S. EN 1627:2011 or the British security standard for doors & windows PAS 24-2016 or equivalent are recommended as these will have been subjected to specific security and burglar resistance tests.
Additional locks and limiters may be added for extra security. Remember to lock your windows. One in five burglars will enter a home via an unlocked door or window.
It is widely accepted that appropriate lighting can help to reduce crime and act as an effective deterrent to burglars. Appropriate lighting will help to make your home more visible to neighbours and passers-by; thereby increasing the likelihood of discovering unwanted intruders and trespassers. Lighting also helps to reduce the fear of crime.
When installing security lighting, please consider each of the following:
• Avoid the creation of shadows and dark areas
• Position the light fitting out of reach
• Aim for a uniform light level
• Direct the light beam appropriately
• Consider your neighbours
• Avoid light pollution.
It is widely accepted that intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars, thereby helping to reduce the likelihood of your home being targeted. However, it is important to understand that an intruder alarm is not a replacement for good physical security. It should, rather, be regarded as a back-up to good physical and other security measures and precautions employed to protect your home.
All installed alarms should comply with the European Standard EN 50131. All alarm installers and installation companies must now be licensed by the Private Security Authority. A list of all licensed installers is available on their website. It is important to understand how your alarm system operates. Your installer should explain the operation of the system to you and all other members of your family. Insist on a training session to demonstrate its features. Do not write alarm codes etc. on the instruction manual or on walls or doors near the control unit or keypad.
Home Security Checklist Challenge
Burglars like easy opportunities. If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won’t bother. A good rule of thumb is the 3 minute delay test. If you can deny entry for 3 minutes or more – chances are the burglars will go elsewhere. Complete this simple home security survey to determine how well your home is secured against burglary. Ignore questions not relevant to your own home. Remember, every NO answer is a threat to your home security.
Gardens and Landscaping
When we think of crime prevention and how we can secure our homes we often forget to consider our gardens and everything in them. Your garden contains valuable possessions that thieves can easily sell; thieves can also use implements found in the garden to break into your home. By taking some simple precautions you can reduce the risk of being burgled, increase the security of your home and garden and make life more difficult for any would-be intruders.
Personal Safety Security for the Older Person
Believe it or not – older persons are less often the victims of crime than many of their younger neighbours. Cases of assault are infrequent, although we would all love if they never happened at all. Older persons are, however, subjected to burglary and thefts as frequently as the rest of the population. A lifetime of experience coupled with the physical problems
associated with aging can make older persons feel vulnerable and more fearful of becoming a victim of crime.
New Signage – Spring 2017
We are a go! We now have our signage up at all key points in the estate.