Police scheme wants public to get the message

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Members of the public are being invited by North Yorkshire Police to do their bit to keep their neighbourhoods safe, by joining a new community messaging system.

It is a free system that lets people register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news in their neighbourhoods which is set to benefit rural areas of Whitby and the Esk Valley in particular.

Users can tailor preferences for the type of the message they receive and for which locations they affect and whether they are notified by phone, text, or email.

Messages will usually be about

• crime and other police incidents, including missing people and witness appeals

• rural policing, including crimes against farms and rural businesses

• anti-social behaviour

• road closures and traffic updates

• neighbourhood news and events, such as invitations to public meetings.

Over the coming weeks, local police teams will be out in communities raising awareness of the new system, and encouraging people to join.

The alerts that members of the public receive are not confidential, so they will be able to share the information they receive with friends and family

Superintendent Richard Anderson, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of our service. Alongside our award-winning use of social media like Twitter and Facebook, North Yorkshire Community Messaging will further improve the flow of information between local communities and the police.

“The information and intelligence that we receive from members of the public can be absolutely crucial in preventing and detecting crime and anti-social behaviour, so the more people that join Community Messaging, the safer North Yorkshire will be.

Visit www.nycm.co.uk to get started.