Axminster residents urged to sign up for police alerts

Police Alert poster

Police Alert poster - Credit: Archant

Neighbourhood team wants people to stay informed about crimes and incidents in their area

PCSO Chris Bolsover who is promoting Devon and Cornwall Police Alert. Picture: SUBMITTED

PCSO Chris Bolsover who is promoting Devon and Cornwall Police Alert. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Axminster Neighbourhood Police Team is urging residents to sign up to Devon and Cornwall Alert.

The free community messaging system informs members of the public about crimes and incidents affecting their local area. Recorded messages are sent by landline telephone, email or text message to individuals or groups or businesses.

Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Simon Aldred, told The Midweek Herald: “It is a two-way messaging system which helps us to connect with our communities.

“It tells people what is happening in their area and allows them to respond directly with any information. It is an extremely useful communication tool which enables us to get information out to the public very quickly and which, in my experience, has helped to solve various policing issues on numerous occasions.

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“We would like to get as many people subscribed to the service as possible in the local area.”

The system is designed to allow people who register to choose the type of information they would like to receive – for example, information on crime and anti-social behaviour, witness appeals, crime prevention, community events and local good news.

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To sign up visit or complete the registration form which is available on the Force website, where people can also find more information -

For members of the community who do not have any internet access, the Axminster Neighbourhood Policing Team will also make leaflets and application forms available at a number of locations in the town. These will include Axminster Library in South Street and The Guildhall, in West Street.

These forms can then be completed and put in the post box at Axminster Police Station, in Lyme Close.

Subject to operational requirements, the team also intends to visit various locations around the Axminster area in the coming weeks to distribute leaflets and application forms.

Chris Bolsover, Police Community Engagement Officer (PCEO) for Exeter, East and Mid Devon, said: “We are trying to get as many people as possible to sign up – the more members/users that there are, the more effective the system is. Whilst this appeal is from the Axminster Police Team, the scheme is relevant to residents and businesses throughout Devon and Cornwall.”

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