Tom McCaughren reports on a neighbourhood watch scheme to guard against shop-lifters.

When it started, it covered eight major stores, but has now been extended to 16. When suspected shop-lifters are asked to leave a store, a central control spreads the word. If anything unusual or suspicious is seen, staff can ring into 24-hour control room, which then alerts other shops in area. According to Ian Frawley, Director of Ross Security:

It's working very, very well. It's been going for about two months. The first month was trial and obviously people were concerned to see whether the system was effective or not. But we're now handling between 120 and 150 messages per day.

An RTÉ News report from 24 September 1985.