The police advice is to report any information or suspicious activity to the police as soon as possible using the non urgent number 101 or 999 in urgent cases.
North Yorkshire Community Messaging is a free system that lets people register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news in their neighbourhoods.
North Yorkshire Police is geographically England's largest single county force and the messaging system the biggest of its kind in the country. Particularly in rural areas, community messaging can be used to share messages and appeals across a wide area very quickly. The service has been designed to allow people who live or work in North Yorkshire and the City of York to get information when they want, and how they want it.
Users can tailor preferences for the type of the message they receive, their preferred channel (phone, text, or email) and the locations that matter to them. Topics include details 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 safety, including road closures and traffic updates
- neighbourhood news and events, such as invitations to public meetings
Users can even choose to register multiple locations, not just a home address - ideal if they want to know more about where their children go to school, where family members live, places to socialise and around their place of work.
Registering is safe, secure and easy, and taking less than five minutes. Just visit https://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/what-we-do/tackling-crime/what-you-can-do/community-messaging/ on a smartphone, or PC to get started.
The alerts that members of the public receive are not confidential, so are able to be shared with friends and family. Users may wish to encourage others to sign up to Community Messaging, so they can receive their own alerts. The system will also be the point of contact with all Neighbourhood Watch groups in their area.
The Police say 'Information and intelligence received from 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'.
The system is free to join and easy to use. Signing-up takes less than five minutes, so everyone is encouraged to visit the website and get started.