Police introduce crime alerts for businesses

Police introduce crime alerts for businesses

Simon Meechan

The police have introduced a new messaging service to alert businesses about crime.

The Thames Valley Business Alert scheme provides tailored email alerts to companies in the region.

It is designed for anyone who owns, runs or works for a business, and its aim is to strengthen ties between the police and businesses to fight crime.

Chief Inspector Colleen Lavery, from the Neighbourhood Policing and Partnership team, explained that the email-alerts  will provide information on crime trends specific to business types and geographic areas.

She said: "They’ll be quite targeted so people do not switch off to our messages, so they are getting messages that are relevant to them."

She said that if, for example, criminals are targeting taxi firms or pubs, then all of these businesses in the region will be alerted.

Similarly, subscribers will be informed about crime in their town.

Within a day of launching more than 200 organisations signed up.

The system will also be used to inform users of arrests and prosecutions.

It follows on from the introduction of the Country Watch alerts, which have provided information on rural crime since 2013.

Chief Inspector Lavery explained that since introducing Country Watch there has been a reduction in rural crime.

To sign up visit www.thamesvalleybusinessalert.co.uk

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