Do you want to be kept informed of crime news and updates in your area? Then you’ll want to sign up to the free, two-way community messaging service run by Devon and Cornwall Police.


The system, called Devon and Cornwall Alert, helps to connect the police with residents and tells you what is happening in your area. It also gives people the opportunity to respond directly with any information.


Residents need to register for the service and from there, it allows you to choose the type of information you would like to receive, including crime and anti-social behaviour, witness appeals, crime prevention, community events and local good news.


Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll be sent relevant information about selected incidents the police believe will help reduce the opportunity for crime and anti-social behaviour – or instances where it might help them solve a crime. When logged in, you will have full access to the website and can see a full list of crime updates issued by the service.


The system will see officers email you with their crime messages and updates. On rare occasions, when the police wish to get information out in an emergency, they will text you if you’ve supplied your mobile number.


When you’ve received a message from the Force, you can hit reply within their message and send them your comments, thoughts and any information you may have relevant to their message. However, if you are experiencing an emergency, you are urged to call 999, rather than replying.


The emails you are sent are not confidential and police officers actively encourage you to share the information with friends, family and neighbours to help spread the word throughout the community.


It’s hoped the service will complement existing Neighbourhood Watch Schemes that run in the area. Devon and Cornwall Alert is linked to the national Neighbourhood Watch ‘Our Watch’ system and aims to improve the way in which police and Watch schemes are able to communication with and support each other.


Signing up is simple and easy. You’ll need to complete a registration form online which will allow you to customize what kind of information you want to receive. It only takes a few minutes and can be done here.


Remember you can report crime by calling 101, emailing or online at In an emergency you should always dial 999 – this is when life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or immediate action is required.


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