‘Stop our homes being a target for thuggery’

by Sylvia Pownall

SWORDS residents are calling for full-time security at a local supermarket following a number of robberies on their doorstep.

Householders in Ridgewood have gathered 130 signatures through an online petition and are set to present it to Tesco Ireland next week.

They want the company “to provide a full-time security guard at the Tesco Express” following a robbery at the store earlier this month. Residents say they feel “Tesco is providing an easy target for robbers to enter our estate”.

One concerned Ridgewood resident told The Gazette that anti-social behaviour was also a major issue in the estate and residents felt intimidated by gangs “drinking and shouting till the early hours of the morning”.

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “The safety of our colleagues and customers is our utmost priority and we are co-operating fully with the garda investigation [into the robbery].”

The fed-up resident, who asked not to be named, said: “They drink in the green near River Valley and Cedar Square apartments drinking and shouting till the early hours of the morning.

“The police don’t seem to do much, or they never catch them.

“They have been loitering as well behind the apartments drinking, breaking trees, graffiti. They get in to the apartment blocks when it starts to rain and gather at the car park on a regular basis.

“There are a lot of families with young children living here.”

The petition states that in light of the “frequency” with which Tesco Express is targeted “it is becoming increasingly worrying for staff and also the customers and our children using this store”.

The Tesco spokesperson said any customer feedback would be taken on board.

They added: “Tesco Ireland has a very robust security policy and infrastructure in place in all of our stores.

“We keep our security arrangements under constant review to ensure the highest levels of security are in operation.

“We always welcome feedback from our customers and colleagues which we will take this into account as part of our ongoing security reviews.”

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