The following information has been provided by TV Police (November 2013):
Thames Valley Alert
Registering to receive messages from Thames Valley Alerts offers you the opportunity to receive localized crime and safety alerts for your local neighbourhood via email, voice or text. To sign up, you just need to visit Thames Valley Alert click on ‘Join’ and follow the on screen instructions.
You can choose to receive different types of messages, e.g. burglary alerts, suspicious circumstances or good news and select the priority level which keeps you in control to receive alerts which are relevant to you.
Once you are signed up to Thames Valley Alert, you can log into your account and amend your message settings, contact details and alerting areas as well as setting up a local neighbourhood scheme.
Multiple alerting areas give you the opportunity to receive alerts from other neighbourhoods which are relevant to you. You may set one up for your home address, another for where you work and a third one for where your family or friends live so that you are kept informed about crime in the areas.
Country Watch is a free Thames Valley Alert messaging service specifically for rural and farming communities and businesses across the Thames Valley. As with Thames Valley Alert, people are able to choose whether they receive messages via email, text or telephone.
Messages can be targeted to those who the information applies to, for example witness appeals can be sent to the people who live on the road or in the village where the crime took place rather than an entire LPA. The effectiveness of this however, will depend on how many people are signed up to receive messages.
Thames Valley Police are actively promoting and encouraging local residents to become Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators. Those of you who already belong to Neighbourhood Watch or who are coordinators will already be aware of its benefits. Neighbourhood Watch schemes are community initiatives owned and run by their members. They encourage community spirit and close liaison between neighbours and also the local police. Neighbourhood Watch schemes can cut crime, reassure those who live in the area and encourage neighbourliness.
If you would like to be a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator you can find out more by contacting the local administrator for Thames Valley Police, Carol Rudd on 01235 556937.
If you are an existing coordinator we thank you for all the work.
Find out more on the Thames Valley Police website
page last updated 12 Nov 2013