Northamptonshire Police has relaunched a free message alert system to better inform people in Northamptonshire about crime and police activity in their local area, helping keep their communities safe.
The free messaging service, called Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert (formerly known as Community Connect), now has greater functionality, allowing frontline police officers to send messages direct from their mobile devices. They can do this in real time while they are out policing the county.
After signing up online, people will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partners, keeping them informed about crime and issues relevant to them and where they live or work.
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Alerts can be received by email, text message or voice message. People can also choose what they want to receive alerts about, and how often, and will only receive messages about topics they have selected.
Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd said: “Our communities play a crucial part in helping us prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour. Police officers and PCSOs will be regularly sending out Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert messages, appealing for help, highlighting suspicious activity, offering crime prevention advice, and keeping people up to date about general police work and safety events.
“This re-launched community messaging tool means we can now do this in real time, with officers sending out alerts while they are still out on patrol.
“If, for example, there’s been a spate of distraction burglaries in a particular district or an increase in vehicle crime, we can tell people immediately so they can better protect themselves and be more alert to potential risks. We can also very quickly share descriptions of suspects or appeal for witnesses – giving us a greater chance of arrest.
“We already have more than 10,000 people signed up and we want many more to register and receive information from Northamptonshire Police and our partners. By working together, we can make Northamptonshire a safer place and help to protect people from harm.”
Signing up is simple, quick and free, and the alert system is completely secure.
Register for Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert here