Text service to help prevent crime in Essex

Essex residents will be able to receive crime information and prevention advice directly to their phones, thanks to a new text service.

Launched this week, the Essex Community Messaging (ECM) will notify people with crime developments in their area, either as text, email or voice message. Residents will be able to choose what kind of information they receive, reports clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk.

Funded by the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, as well as from money seized through the Proceeds of Crime Act, it’s hoped the system will make information sharing between police and public much faster, explained eadt.co.uk.

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Essex Community Messaging will get key crime and crime prevention information out to communities faster than ever before.”

Messages could include asking for help in a missing person search or reports on crime trends in specific areas. Residents will be able to pick which kinds of updates they have an interest in such as scams, web crime or rural crime.

Alston explained: “Whether it’s through reporting suspicious behaviour or learning about simple measures to take to prevent crime, [the scheme] will provide a crucial new channel for keeping our communities safe. I urge everyone to register now for Essex Community Messaging.”

The messaging service is free of charge to everyone who lives or works in Essex.