North Yorkshire Police’s innovative community messaging system has reached 30,000 members as it re-launches with a new smartphone app.
North Yorkshire Community Messaging is a free system that lets people register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news in their neighbourhoods.
The new and improved app, available to download for iOS and Android devices, takes advantage of geolocation technology, allowing users to receive important alerts that are relevant to them – wherever they are in North Yorkshire.
The app also allows member of the public to share relevant alerts that they have received to their friends and family by email, WhatsApp, instant messaging sand social media.
More than 30,000 people across the county are now signed up to receive alerts and in the last year, 4,296 alerts were sent out by North Yorkshire Police to the public, businesses, and Rural and Neighbourhood Watch groups across the across the county.
This equates to a staggering 3,342,235 messages reaching the public across all channels including email, the previous app, SMS, social media and the website.
Members of the public who sign up to the system can tailor preferences for the type of the message they receive, their preferred channel (phone, text, or email) and the locations that matter to them. Topics include:
• Crime and other police incidents, including missing people and witness appeals;
• Rural policing, including crimes against farms and rural businesses;
• Anti-social behaviour;
• Road safety, including road closures and traffic updates; and
• Neighbourhood news and events, such as invitations to public meetings.
They can also opt to receive push notifications straight to their smartphones and tablets from the app if they wish.
Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine, lead in force for Local Policing at North Yorkshire Police, said:
“Local policing is at the very heart of everything we do at North Yorkshire Police and our Community Messaging system is just one of the many ways we’re trying to provide the right support, at the right time to our communities.
“Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams already use community messaging to raise awareness of recent crime trends, highlight the availability of property marking sessions, and inform the public about upcoming crime prevention operations with over 4,000 alerts sent in the last year.
“In addition, the geolocation function on the new app is a particularly useful tool in rural areas, where alerts can be shared to an audience across a wide area very quickly.
“We’re extremely proud to reach 30,000 members on Community Messaging and would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who takes the time to provide information and intelligence in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.
“Day in and day out you help us to make a difference in North Yorkshire – we couldn’t do it without you.”
If you are already a member
If you are already a member and would like to download the new app, just search “Everbridge” via the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Google Play for Android devices and then search for “North Yorkshire”. The App will then link you to North Yorkshire Community Messaging specific notifications.
Alternatively, please visit nycm.co.uk.
If you are not a member but would like to sign up
Signing up to North Yorkshire Community Messaging is free, easy, and takes less than five minutes. Just visit nycm.co.uk on a smartphone or PC to get started.
Alternatively, to download the app and sign up please visit the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Googl