Galway city retailers up their game for security during Volvo Ocean Race events

In advance of the Volvo Ocean Race Events, Galway City Centre businesses and retailers are invited to attend a briefing on retail security and an opportunity to share information and network.

Tony O’Brien, head of security at Debenhams will share his expert knowledge on preventing crime and detecting counterfeits. This event, hosted by Galway Crime Watch and Golden Eye Security will take place on Wednesday June 13 in Lynch’s Café, Shop Street from 6.00pm - 7.00pm. This event is free of charge, registration at the door, all are welcome.

This meeting will be attended by members of Galway Crime Watch as well as representatives of Galway’s Garda Síochána, Galway city businesses and retailers. It will provide valuable information on detecting counterfeit notes as well as highlighting security measures that can be easily put in place to prevent losses. Business owners, managers and employees are encouraged to attend.

Joe Carroll of OMG Entertainment, Galway commented ‘Galway Crime Watch has cut down the number of thefts in our stores and in the city. It also works as a deterrent for the usual shoplifters entering the city. We are delighted with how it has opened up communication lines with other stores, thus breaking trends in shoplifting.’

‘Retailers need to be prepared for security issues in advance of very busy periods like the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race stop-over. Through Galway Crime Watch we show a unified front. Recently we have seen an increase in visiting crime gangs coming into the city on day trips from Dublin and other parts of the country. Once these are spotted on the streets the message can go out quickly through all participants in the radio system,’ said Gerry Burke of Golden Eye Security, ‘This goes a long way to giving all a sense of security and making it difficult for criminals.’

The Galway Crime Watch system provided by Golden Eye Security offers a cost effective retail security solution based on the principles of communication, co-operation, training and overall enhanced loss prevention. As part of this initiative Golden Eye Security provide two-way radios, staff security training and a manned service to retailers.

This system has been running in Galway for the last three years with well-known indigenous and multi-national retailers Brown Thomas, McCambridge’s, Kilkenny Shop, Matt O’Flaherty Pharmacy, Day Break, Debenhams, Hanley's, Boots, Born, Treasure Chest and Tommy HilFiger.

The only system of its kind in the west, Galway Crime Watch is a cost-effective retail security solution using the latest in communication technology which enables Galway city businesses to work together by sharing information and supporting one another to prevent shop lifting and thefts.

With very positive feedback from Galway City’s retailers and Garda Síochána Galway this system is this system is effective in making the city a more secure and safer place to do business.

Golden Eye Security provide The Galway Crime Watch system with licensed experienced security personnel who will divide their time equally between the participating stores and should an incident arise, the security person can go directly to the premises once alerted. Retailers have the best of both worlds in having the peace of mind of experienced security at a much reduced cost.

Golden Eye Security is a Galway owned security firm providing high quality security services to the retail and hospitality sector in the west. For more information view www.goldeneyesecurity.ie or contact Galway Crime Watch on 087 1219382; or email: [email protected];

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