Residents of Whitby are being encouraged to sign up to a North Yorkshire Police scheme that alerts locals about crimes taking place near their homes.
Called ‘Ringmaster’ the scheme sends out messages to the community relating to crime or missing persons via email, text, voice messages or fax.
Whitby Police Inspector Andy Colbourne said: “We have a whole raft of phone numbers.
“It could be as simple was we have had a spate of burglaries on Church Street, so we text people and say please be vigilant around a specific area.”
An example of how the system can be used to prevent further crime includes the circulation of details of a vehicle the police hope to trace or the description of a person seen in the vicinity of a crime.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said Ringmaster is an effective tool that supports the activities of Neighbourhood Watch scheme and added: “With your vigilance, residents can help us make a significant difference in preventing and detecting crime.”
Anyone who has information about an incident or sees suspicious activity is urged to contact police as soon as possible using the non-urgent number 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Where the information provided relates to a specific incident, there will be an incident reference contained within the message for you to provide.
Anyone interested in joining a Watch scheme should contact Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team.