By Tarvin Webteam - 23rd January 2021 6:00am
Neighbourhood Alert is a community messaging system for police forces, local authorities, the fire service utility and national organisations and complements the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
When you register on the system, it will send you emails about things that your local authority, local police force or local fire service want you to be aware of. These alerts appertain to YOUR AREA only as, during registration, you enter your postcode.
Examples of the kinds of alerts you may be sent include such things as: recent criminal activities in your area; recent internet and phone scams; or fire risks and incidents in your area that may affect, you, your loved ones and your local travel plans.
If you have not already done so, you can register by clicking HERE.
It was initially developed to complement the Neighbourhood Watch service in Nottingham. Neighbourhood Alert is now used by 37 police, fire & rescue, local authority, utility and national organisations throughout the UK.
here is one example of how it has helped:
One of our Neighbourhood Watch areas in an area of Peterborough area had a series of house burglaries. The police managed to find out who was responsible. They put out an ALERT message to the Neighbourhood Alert scheme members in that area, giving a description.
About a week later, having received the ALERT message, one of the registered members saw a man cycling past his home, casually looking at houses.
The sharp-eyed NHWN member had seen him and got on the phone to the police. Minutes later the burglar was arrested. He was charged with several burglaries and remanded in custody.
Ed: I have been registered with the system for the last 3 years and have found that I do not get bombarded with dozens of emails, and those alerts I do receive are often useful and relevant to me and my family.