Community Crime Prevention Programmes

An Garda Síochána operates a range of Community Crime Prevention Programmes in partnership with communities in Ireland. Two such programmes are Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert. Community Crime Prevention Programmes have been in operation since 1985 and in excess of 3,700 Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert groups have been established since then. There is a significant willingness amongst the public to participate at a community level in preventing crime. Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert have helped to promote responsible community involvement and have assisted in the promotion of good crime prevention practice. The aim of this publication is to guide and encourage such constructive participation in partnership with An Garda Síochána.

How do Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert Work?

The principle of partnership reflects a long tradition of policing in this country and also recognises the important role that individuals and communities offer in helping to prevent crime. Every community has the opportunity to establish a Neighbourhood Watch or Community Alert programme with An Garda Síochána as partners. We advise that you consult with your neighbours and, if there is a consensus to start a Neighbourhood Watch or Community Alert programme, then contact your local Garda or check or
Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert Require Support to Work
Every individual property owner can reduce opportunities for crimes to occur by taking basic precautions in relation to their home, car and other property. Timely and accurate reporting of suspicious behaviour can also prevent criminal activity, and help to increase a sense of well being in communities. The combined contribution and input of a large number of households is pivotal in creating successful Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert groups.

Neighbourhood Watch or Community Alert?

Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert were established in 1985 and are well known and identifiable crime prevention programmes.
Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership programme involving urban communities establishing a crime
prevention programme in conjunction with their local Gardaí.

Community Alert  operates primarily in rural areas, in response to the particular challenges of that environment. If you are in any doubt as to whether your community should set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or a Community Alert Group please speak to your local Community Garda, who will assist you and your community in deciding which suits best. 

Muintir na Tire Community Alert Development Officers


The Community Alert programme addresses the issues of community care, community safety and community crime prevention in a partnership between Muintir na Tíre and An Garda Síochána.

Southern Region (Cork, Kerry, Limerick)

Diarmuid Cronin;
086 6000752 / Head Office: 062 51163

Western Region (Clare, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Longford):

Bernard Kearney;
086 6000755

Midland Region (Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Wicklow,

 Meath, Westmeath, Fingal)

Conor O' Leary
086 6000753 / 062 51163

Northern Region (Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim, Louth)

Vanessa Clarke;
086 6000757

South Eastern Region (Tipperary, Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow)

Margaret Quinn;
086 6000754