Whoa! Averaging 66,000 Unique Weekly Readers! 

Local News

Neighbourhood Watch ‘text alert pilot’ is underway

1 Mins read
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators Mary Watson, Mary Magill, Robert Logan and Bridget Milliken along with Inspector Martin Ruddy Carrickfergus Neighbourhood Policing Team and Sgt Helen Hargy Ballymena PSNI Community Planning Sergeant

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is to pilot a simple mobile phone text message scheme for communicating urgent community safety issues.

Working with the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) the PCSP has developed text alerts to enable everyone to communicate better within the community.

“In particular, members of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and representatives of the rural communities are set to benefit,” said Councillor Andrew Wilson, PCSP Chair.

Speaking at a meeting of Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinators in Larne Town Hall, Cllr Wilson said: “After the pilot project, it is hoped that we can then extend this scheme to community groups; community safety wardens; retailers, publicans and possibly Elected Members,” Cllr Wilson added.

“Many of the groups we speak to struggle with email and social media so they don’t sometimes pick up the information for a few days.

 “For the PSNI the current information sharing scheme is not immediate enough.

 “Therefore, the new initiative will allow the PSNI to immediately text members of the community as well as statutory partners to advise them of a particular community safety issue in their area,” he said.

The PSNI’s C/Inspector Heather Scott added: “We believe that such a simplified method of communication will be much more accessible.

 “As well as coming from the PSNI, these alerts can also be sent from the PCSP itself to advise on the many and varied issues. These will also be providing support and bring attention to a particular problem in the area,” he said.

This scheme will roll out across the Borough overall later in 2017

“Our overall aim is to make Mid and East Antrim Borough a safer place for all our citizens and this pilot scheme, just launched is yet another element in achieving that,” concluded Cllr Wilson.

To find out more about the scheme or to register, contact: Mid and East Antrim Community Safety Partnership, phone 028 2826 2461; E: [email protected]

Or Police Service of Northern Ireland on 101; E: [email protected]

Digital Editorial Team
12680 posts

About author
An article that is attributed to the Causeway Coast Community Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release. Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Causeway Coast Community? Email us - [email protected]
Articles
Related posts
Local News

Motorist caught doing almost 100mph 'fortunate' not to be banned

1 Mins read
A self-employed man who works in the concrete industry was detected doing 97mph in a BMW 3 series vehicle, Ballymena Magistrates Court…
Local News

Richard Holmes to be next Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

1 Mins read
The UUP has nominated Councillor Richard Holmes to be the next Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens.   Richard joined Coleraine Borough…
Local News

Councillor requests that Coleraine Town Hall is maintained immediately

1 Mins read
DUP Councillor Philip Anderson has requested that Council officers take immediate maintenance action on Coleraine Town Hall. In a statement to Causeway…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *