New service for residents to receive crime alerts

LINCOLNSHIRE Police are urging people to sign up to its new community messaging service, Lincs Alert, to receive updates on crime reduction and community safety issues.

The service allows users to receive alerts by email, text messages or telephone and users can also provide information to the police.

Users can also personalise alerts to their own preferences, for example horse owners might be interested in signing up to the horse-watch service, or those in rural areas might want to subscribe to the farm-watch service.

Insp Phil Baker, Head of Lincolnshire Police’s Community Safety Department, said: “The main aim of the service is to help get messages out to the community as quickly as possible.

“The alerts could range from urging people to lock their vehicles if one has been broken into nearby, to warning people about large-scale scams.

“It only takes three minutes to fully sign up to the service, so just three minutes of your time can help make your community a safer place.”

The service is completely free and users can unsubscribe at any time.

It is also confidential and personal information will not be shared with anyone without consent.

The service also allows users to receive updates about information they have reported to the police.

Users can register at www.lincolnshirealert.co.uk

People who sign up during the next two weeks will be put into a draw to win their very own Winston Growler, Lincolnshire Police’s traffic cop bear.