Media Coverage

The Neighbourhood Alert network is often featured in press and media activity, if you have examples of coverage, please forward clips to support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk.

Neighbourhood Return on BBC Breakfast

Broadcast Friday 8th November 2013
Neighbourhood Return is a service built by VISAV Limited and powered by the Neighbourhood Alert database.  It is run by the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network which coordinates volunteers to go and search for people with dementia who may have got lost or wandered. Carers of people with dementia can register the person and if they go missing, then they have a direct telephone number for Dudley Telecare, a 24 hour call centre which will initiate and coordinate the search.

Registered volunteers are then contacted and asked if they can participate in a search in their area. Only the volunteers who agree are then sent the details of the missing person and the details on where to search. It is estimated that each year around 40,000 people with dementia wander for the first time, which increases the pressure and anxiety for families. In turn, this leads to a heightened risk of care home admissions.

The following news story was broadcast by the BBC in November, an earlier report by ITV can be viewed here.  For more information, please visit www.ourturn.org.uk
 

BOSS, British Oil Security Syndicate

Published Saturday 14th September 2013
Featured in the retail fuel industry's No.1 trade magazine. Forecourt Watch BOSS media

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has welcomed confirmation from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that it has issued new guidance to lawyers and police forces to prosecute motorists who repeatedly claim to have no-means-of-payment (NMoP).

BOSS have created a Neighbourhood Alert powered registration system for anyone who owns, works or lives near a petrol station, find out more at www.forecourtwatch.co.uk.
 

Carlisle criminal banned from 538 farms


Community Messaging sends message to 538 farms in CumbriaA PIONEERING crime prevention project is warning more than 500 farmers across north and west Cumbria to be on the lookout for a criminal who has targeted rural properties.
Convicted burglar Liam Porter, 24, has been told he will face legal action if he trespasses on any of the 538 farms signed up to the scheme.

The move, by the Cumbria Community Messaging Scheme, which was set up by the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association with Cumbria Police, gives potential victims of crime a clear warning about named criminals who pose a possible threat. Read more
 

Crime alerts will now go direct to Cambridgeshire families

eCops Cambridgeshire AlertA new direct alert system is being launched by Cambridgeshire police warning residents about crime on their streets. Twitter and Facebook will be harnessed by officers to help drive down crime and keep residents informed about criminal activity.

And those who subscribe to the instant messaging service can receive specialist alerts targeted at their interests. Club-goers can get up-to-the-minute information about crimes and anti-social behaviour in Cambridge city centre nightspots. Anglers will be told of fishing tackle is stolen and families will be made aware of burglar activity in their area.

The new service, which links to social networking websites and email, is set to be launched in August, the News can reveal.

Read more here

Crime trends system and volunteers in the running

Published Friday 10th May 2013
 
Click to read the articleA police messaging system which warns about crime trends has been shortlisted for a national award along with the two volunteers who help run it.

The Cumbria Community Messaging system, set up by the county Neighbourhood Watch Association has been recognised as leading to the nomination of the association in the first National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Awards.

The support and assistance that it provides is extremely valuable said Andy Baines, safer and stronger communities manager with Cumbria police.
 

Rural folk: our eyes and ears.

Published Saturday 13 April 2013

Launch of Country WatchVillagers and farmers are being urged to become the eyes and ears of the police to help fight a rising tide of rural criminality.

Thames Valley Police yesterday launched www.thamesvalleycountrywatch.co.uk (powered by Neighbourhood Alert).

Users can choose to receive text, voice or email alerts about suspected activity in their area - for example the number plate of a suspicious vehicle.  They are then asked to call police to help keep officers on the trail.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Anthony Stansfeld, who is spearheading the scheme said: "Rural crime is rising and urban crime isn't.  Over the last few years metal has become much more valuable and heavy farm equipment is worth stealing - there is a big market for it in Eastern Europe."

People who sign up to the scheme receive crime alerts, witness appeals, galleries of wanted criminals or suspects information on community groups , events or meetings.

To read the full article, click on the image or here.
 

Police competition to promote community messaging alerts

Published on Friday 21 December 2012 17:25

Lincolnshire Police`s Community Safety Department has dropped its normal professional image to capture people’s attention to try and promote the Lincs Alert Community Messaging System.

There are now over 10,000 people in the county signed up and receiving crime alerts and information. Leading up to Christmas many alerts have been sent out warning people regarding leaving presents and valuables on display in their cars, general crime prevention advice for the winter nights, the Christmas Crime Menu brochure and information and advice over frauds and scams which are currently circulating.

Gillian Fleet one of the coordinators for the system recommends Lincs Alert for everybody. `The more people that are signed up the better,` she stated. `The system allows us to communicate very effectively and easily with our communities. People can choose to sign up for e mail alerts or text messages. It is free of charge and you are able to unsubscribe at any time. We are able to get valuable information quickly out to our communities whether that is sent out by the headquarters team or the Local Policing Teams.”

To subscribe visit the website www.lincsalert.co.uk and click the register now button. Or alternatively if you need help with registering contact 01522 558399 and speak to the administrator.

As an incentive the Community Safety Department are putting anyone who registers before January 6 into a prize draw to win a Police Teddy Bear and Crime Prevention goodies including a calendar, timer switch and Police Property Marking Kit.

Hundreds more to be kept up-to-date on policing issues as Derbyshire Alert drive sails past the 1,000 mark

Posted on 20th December 2012 Hathersage-SNT

A Dales Safer Neighbourhood Team is helping keep villagers in the know about local policing issues and advice by signing up more than 1,000 people to Derbyshire Alert. The free messaging service uses text messages, voicemail recordings and email to alert people across the county to any crimes, events, public meetings and any other issues relating to police.

Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team has been out and about raising awareness of the service and showing people how they can benefit from it by staying in the loop with police activity. Officers from the team made boosting sign-ups to Derbyshire Alert one of their priorities and have been focusing on increasing numbers for the past few months.

As part of the drive, PCSO Anthony Boswell identified areas where the number of people signed up to Derbyshire Alert was low. Those areas were then targeted with door-to-door visits, which have helped the team smash past the 1,000 sign-ups milestone. PCSO Boswell said he now wants to get cracking on the next thousand.

He said: `The Derbyshire Alert service is a great tool that enables us to get important messages out to the public really quickly.`

`Whether that’s appealing for information about a crime, offering personal safety advice, inviting people to a Safer Neighbourhood forum meeting or telling them about free crime prevention items, it allows us to reach hundreds or thousands of people in a very simple way.`

`The vast majority of people we visited saw the value in it and were really keen to be signed up and I think the key to getting so many people on board was visiting and talking them through it face-to-face.`

`Hopefully we can now build on this success and get hundreds more people signed up to the service.`

Derbyshire Alert, which was previously known as Ringmaster, is open to both residents and businesses and gives them the choice of receiving messages via email, text or voicemail at times that suit them. Through it, members of the public can keep up-to-date about bogus callers, burglaries, theft and other crimes, witness appeals, missing person appeals, community meetings and crime prevention advice. Messages can be tailored to specific groups and areas, so you know the information you receive is relevant to you.

There are currently more than 20,600 people registered on Derbyshire Alert across the entire county. The service is open to you whether you are living or working in Derbyshire, while some community groups such as 4x4 Watch do not have to live in the county but can still receive messages about 4x4 thefts or related advice.

Inspector Bryan Hall, who is in charge of policing across the Derbyshire Dales, said: “The efforts of the Safer Neighbourhood Team have been absolutely tremendous and they are setting the standard for other teams to follow.

`Derbyshire Alert is a brilliant way for us to keep in regular contact with members of the public, and is especially important in rural areas.

By signing up more than 1,000 new people, the Hathersage team have made sure we can engage with as many members of our community as possible and help to keep them updated and safe.`

To find out more about Derbyshire Alert and to sign up to the free service, visit www.derbyshirealert.co.uk or www.derbyshire.police.uk.

You can register online on the Alert website, or you can call 101 and speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team officers about signing up. Alternatively, registration forms are stocked in all police enquiry offices.
 

Cumbria Community Messaging recognised in public safety awards


Together Towards Success Awards 2012Cumbria County Council`s Fire and Rescue Service staff, volunteers and partners have been honoured for their life-saving work at the service’s sixth annual awards ceremony.

The Together Towards Success Awards, funded by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), was held at Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa at Bassenthwaite on Friday (12 October) to recognise individuals and teams who have gone beyond the call of duty in the interests of public safety.

CCM offers people and communities across Cumbria updates via email, text or voicemail on local issues from crimes to major incidents and fire safety events. Set up in partnership between organisations including the police and CFRS and managed by the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association, it now communicates messages to thousands of people around the county.
 
A recent survey of community messaging service users showed that being a member of Cumbria Community messaging made over 60% of respondents feel `a bit` or `much safer`. Respondents also indicated that their opinion of the police, Trading Standards, Fire and Rescue Service and Community Safety Partnerships had improved as a result of messages sent to them.


For more information and other winners visit Cumbria Community Messaging:


 

Membership of Cumbria anti-crime messaging service growing

First published at 11:24, Monday, 24 September 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk 
 
Times and Star: Cumbria Crime Messaging grows

Join Neighbourhood Alert

First Published: June 2012
 Join Neighbourhood Alert

Thames Valley Alert Launched

First Published: April 2012
 Thames Valley Alert

MP Rory Stewart joins Cumbria Community Messaging scheme

First Published: October 2011
MP Joins Cumbria Community Messaging

NHWN Site shortlisted for Nominet Internet Award

First published: June 2011
 Nominet Awards

Alert Network set to go National

First published: June 2010:
Alert site goes National

Crime busting Alerts straight to your inbox

First published: September 2010
Crime Busting Alerts straight to your inbox
 

200 Help to fight crime

First published: May 2010
 
 

Partner sites and places to join.

Neighbourhood Alert has partnered with a select group of like minded organisations, including the ones listed below.  If you live within one of our partenr areas: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire or Cumbria, please visit the relevant county portal site, enter your postcode and select the most appropriate site to join.  If you live anywhere else in England and Wales, please visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and regsiter from there.
 

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