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Tiger Kidnappings and Mayo Advertiser Editor on CRC
By Johnny Oosten
13, Nov 2009 - 22:06
Mayo Advertiser Editor, Toni Bourke
is a special guest on CRC FM radio on Monday 16th November next when
she will talk about living and working in Castlebar and her life in
Mr Paul Murray, Head of Communications with the Irish Hospice Foundation
will also feature as a guest on the 'Good Morning with Joan' show where
he will address the end-of-life issues that face older people in
relation to death and dying.
There was a great reaction to Dublin based security expert, Joe Ryan of Glenevin Ltd, who spoke to Joan on her new weekly show the previous week, which goes out on 102.9FM from 9am-11am.
Ryan addressed the issue of the outbreak of Tiger Kidnappings in recent
times and the danger of violent thefts filtering down to the small
Anyone who deals in cash from supermarket
attendants to sports club officials is susceptible to becoming a victim
of the new ‘Tiger Kidnapping’ crime, stated Joe Ryan, adding that one
unfortunate consequence of the economic downturn was that criminals
will now go after anyone in control of cash.
"Cash is King and
we’re not talking about millions of euro here. Takings of €20,000 are
considered a good day’s work so shops, supermarkets and organisations
dealing in these amounts are just as much a target", he said.
there is a way to prevent the trauma of abduction and threats that
characterise ‘Tiger Kidnapping’ occurring, according to Mr Ryan, who
said it was all down to how aware people are prepared to be.
people involved in these attacks are professional criminals who invest
time and effort carrying out surveillance of their targets. They follow
them, watch their movements, and sit in cars outside their homes to see
who is the last person to leave. They may use several different cars
and several different people to do this work to avoid detection so
people really need to work at being aware".
Mr Ryan said it was a
responsibility of those in business to ensure that the people in charge
of cash were aware of the risk involved and trained in how to prevent
becoming a target.
"They should learn to check in their rear view
mirrors to see if they are being followed and be sure to keep watching
someone who they think may look suspicious. If a criminal thinks he is
being observed he won’t commit the crime."
To test if you are
being followed Mr Ryan recommended that motorists approaching a
roundabout should drive the whole way round to test the situation. If
they are being followed they will know for sure then and should be able
to shake the criminal off."
Westport solicitor Karen O’Malley
was also a guest on the show and outlined how mediation has become much
more popular in relation to disputes. "Mediation is a voluntary process
that can save parties so much pain and trauma. Disputing parties come
together with a neutral third party - the mediator - with a view to
reaching an agreement, so the adversarial nature and fighting a case in
court is done away with."
You can tune in locally to CRC FM on the radio or on-line from anywhere in the world by logging on to www.crcfm.ie and clicking, ‘Listen Live’ or contact the station directly on 094 90 25555, e-mail
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