DUP Councillor Reuben Glover has welcomed a new community drive aimed at protecting women and girls in Ballymena.
The local councillor explained to the Guardian that he had been approached by a number of women who expressed concerns about their personal safety.
As a result, 48 personal alarms were distributed to three community groups in south Ballymena for them to distribute as they see fit to women and girls.
The alarms are designed to be discreetly carried by users when out and about, and often make their carriers feel safer, especially now as the darker mornings and nights are drawing in.
The alarms were donated by the PCSP and funded by the groups in the Harryville and Ballykeel areas.
Councillor Glover told the Guardian: “We are now into the dark nights, and it can be intimidating and worrying for people walking aout the town at this time of year.
“In order to provide some reassurance and improve safety, 48 personal alarms were purchased by the community.
“Ballymena and Mid and East Antrim as a whole are safe places to live, However, we don’t rest on our laurels.
“These alarms will give women some peace of mind and hopefully ast as a deterrent to those within our society who would consider doing us any harm.”
Councillor Glover thanked everyone who donated to the scheme, saying: “I commend all those behind this scheme and thank them for their time and effort.”
He further added: “As a community, we are continuing to work on a range of initiatives throughout Ballymena South.
“I have already been working with the Council to ensure our parks and public spaces are closely monitored to combat any criminality or antisocial behaviour.
“This will continue over the coming weeks and months and I strongly encourage anybody with any concerns whatsoever regarding issues in the town to contact myself.”