Kearney welcomes PCSP Christmas engagement initiative
Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has welcomed Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s series of community engagements aimed at raising awareness of home security and safety over the Christmas period.
Speaking after a visit to the Crumlin Tesco PCSP stall, the South Antrim MLA said:
“I was pleased to visit and meet with the PCSP staff on duty at their stall in the Crumlin Tesco store, and to demonstrate my support for this important event, aimed at raising awareness of home security and community safety over the Christmas period.
"In recent months I have spoken of the need for local PCSPs to increase their profile in the wider community. This is a welcome initiative which will assist in building the relevance and accessibility of the PCSP to local citizens, and enhance the potential for delivering better community policing.
“It is a sad reality that during our season of goodwill, some will exploit any opportunity to gain illicitly at the expense of others. These criminals have absolutely no regard for the heartache they inflict on their victims as a result of their actions.
“It is vitally important that people are equipped with the advice to help them defend their property against these opportunist thieves; hence the value of the PCSP engagement initiative, which has delivered essential information in centres across the South Antrim area during the past week.
“In addition to being aware of our own personal home security and safety, we also need to be vigilant on behalf of our neighbours and the wider community, especially those who are vulnerable, such as the elderly and people living alone.
“I would appeal to everyone in South Antrim to please make a special effort and watch out for their neighbours during this Christmas holiday season, and help deny the criminals in our midst the opportunity to profit at our community's expense.
“I encourage anyone observing any suspicious activity at all to report such information immediately to the PSNI on 101, or to Crime Stoppers charity on 0800 555 111”.