PCC Coppinger & Chief Supt Gordon Lang at the launch
Thousands of people from across Cleveland will be the eyes and ears of the community at the click of a mouse – thanks to a new virtual crime fighting network being launched this week.
Cleveland Connected is a new web system which sends messages to email, mobile phone or home telephone on crimes happening in areas across Teesside. It also allows people to reply back with intelligence to police and partners.
Everyone who signs up to Cleveland Connected receives information on criminal activity taking place in their area at a time that suits them or by the method they choose. It’s an extension of traditional neighbourhood watch methods, but uses modern technology to target a new audience and enhance the experience of established neighbourhood watch members.
www.clevelandconnected.co.uk is led by Cleveland Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, with backing from national group Neighbourhood Alert and involvement from charity Neighbourhood Watch.
Neighbourhood Policing Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang said: "People have busy lives and don’t have time or don’t wish to attend meetings, Cleveland Connected enables us to get direct into people’s homes and tell them about important things relating to their area.
"The key to unlocking most crimes lies in intelligence from our communities, so we wanted a system where people could feed back. It allows us to hone in on identified groups such as retailers, people living in a certain street, or farmers for instance and give them messages most relevant to them."
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: "Cleveland Connected will be a network of people who care about Teesside, their homes and their communities and who want to help police to keep them safe from crime.
"Detectives often say that it’s the slightest bit of information which can have the biggest impact in an investigation and Cleveland Connected is a brilliant portal for people to provide this information and intelligence. I want this to be the biggest virtual crime fighting network in the north east"
Cleveland Connected is free to join, to become a member visit www.clevelandconnected.co.uk or call 101 if you don’t have access to a computer.
Posted on Thursday 2nd October 2014