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Surrey: Country Watch reaches 1500 members

September 26, 2012, 11:42 am

Surrey Police’s innovative Country Watch scheme, which aims to give Surrey’s rural communities access to information to help tackle rural crime, welcomes its 1500th member Mr Malcom Peckett from Warlingham, Tandridge.

Launched County wide in November 2010, members of the scheme receive message alerts via emails and SMS text messages about suspicious activity or incidents in the local area – for example, thefts, criminal damage, suspicious vehicles or people.

This enables the police to work with rural communities to help prevent and detect crime. Members can also use the scheme to report criminal and suspicious activity.

PC John Hockley, Surrey Police Rural Communities Officer said: “Country Watch is an excellent scheme in deterring criminal activity in our rural and more sparsely populated areas. It increases the number of ‘eyes and ears’ in the county and significantly disrupts criminal activity.”

“We strongly encourage members of the rural community to join the scheme. Together we can prevent and deter crime to ensure our rural communities are safe and feel safe. It costs nothing to be alert.”

Country Watch mutually benefits all its members and helps the police to act quickly on reported information and criminal or suspicious activity. It has significantly increased intelligence about known offenders, their travelling habits, the vehicles they use and has led to a number of arrests and recovery of property. Latest crime prevention methods are shared with members and the equine community can now opt for the free saddle marking service.

For further information about Country Watch in your area and how to join, contact PC John Hockley on 01483 637668 or email:

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