Ringing success of call service
A phone alerts service keeping residents informed about crime and police activity in their area is being hailed a success.
Residents are keeping connected with up-to-date bulletins about the work of Peterlee Police thanks to the Voice Connect system.
It allows residents to pick a time to receive automated phone calls from officers updating them about police work in their area.
It could be advice on keeping their sheds secure to combat break-ins, information to let people know police have been in their area working on initiatives.
Officers are pleased that there has been a particularly good up-take of Voice Connect in Horden, where 55 people have signed up in the last few months.
PCSO Kelly Taylor, who covers Horden, said: “It’s all about letting people know we are out and about and it makes them feel safe.”
She added that she and Durham County Councillor for the village, Coun Dennis Maddison, had particularly been visiting elderly and vulnerable people to let them know about the police’s work in their area.
“It’s another tool for us to get information out to the public.
“The more information we can give people, the better they can protect themselves and be aware of what we are doing in the community.”
Coun Maddison said: “What we get from people, going round the doors, is that they think it’s a great idea
“It makes them aware of what’s happening in the area - it’s brilliant.”
He added: “It keeps everyone connected really, and the older people absolutely love it.”
For more information on signing up to Voice Connect, call 101, or speak to a local officer on the beat about this or other matters.
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