Thames Valley police trials SMS crime alerts for businesses

Businesses in Buckinghamshire will be able to keep abreast of crime in their local area through a new SMS service, reports

Thames Valley Police is to utilise the rapid sending ability of text messaging to dish out regular crime updates to companies in the in the South East county.

Local reports say the scheme is designed for anyone who “works, runs or works” for a business and wishes to keep on top of criminal activity in their area.

While companies in Buckinghamshire have been labelled as a prime concern, the service is also available to to businesses in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes, as Thames Valley look to prevent crime from spreading around.

Chief inspector Colleen Lavery says the new service will allow businesses to take on a more active role in tackling crime around their local area.

In backing the scheme to become a great success, she added: “I believe that by improving the flow of information between the business community and the police, we can make a greater impact on the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The scheme follows a successful trial for Thames Valley Police’s Country Watch program, reports, which provided a similar service to farming businesses around rural locations.