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Community Safety Text Alert Scheme Launched

17 September 2018

Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) recently launched its new Text Alert Scheme – a free SMS-based Safety Information Service that will help to keep you and your community safe.

Community safety information is sent by the PSNI or the PCSP to registered members of the scheme via a SMS text message to their mobile phone. The Text Alert information may be useful to a range of people for a variety of reasons, for example:

  • Residents of towns and villages may like to receive quick and up-to-date information if there has been a spate of break-ins or thefts in their locality, or if there are known bogus callers in the area, or if a traffic collision has caused a road closure.
  • Farmers may benefit from receiving up-to-date information if there has been a surge of farm machinery or livestock thefts. The Text Alert message will allow them to take appropriate safety measures.

Newly elected PCSP Chair, Councillor Noreen McClelland commented; “Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP is committed to working together to improve community safety. Text Alert is an important addition to the community safety services we provide. It is a simple but very effective way of sharing information.”    

PSNI Inspector Patrick Mullan added; “Text Alert gives us the opportunity to share information quickly with a specific audience. I would really encourage local people to sign up – it’s free and the information could help prevent you from becoming the victim of a crime.”

Text Alert is a receive-only information service. You cannot reply to a text message. If you wish to contact PSNI you should call 101 in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency.

To join the Text Alert Scheme, simply visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/textalert  where you can complete an online registration form or download a copy of the form.