POLICE in rural Northumberland are going online to keep residents updated on local crime.
Neighbourhood Officers from Alnwick, Morpeth and Berwick have been online and recorded video and audio crime updates for their local areas.
In them, Sergeant Dave Simpson and Inspectors Sue Peart and Sharon Wilmore Greaves discuss recent crime figures and trends, give crime prevention advice and explain what officers in the area are focusing on at present.
The videos are a trial scheme to raise awareness of officers in some of the more rural areas of Northumberland.
It is hoped they will ensure rural residents have access to the latest crime information and news about what’s going on in their area.
A link to watch the online videos is being sent out to more than 1,500 FarmWatch members and community message contacts throughout rural Northumberland.
Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “This trial gives us another way of trying to reach our communities and keep them informed about what’s going on.
“The videos give people the chance to see what their local officers look like and get to know their faces while receiving information about crime in their local area.
“We’ll continue to use traditional methods like speaking to residents face-to-face, holding public meetings and carrying out patrols in the rural areas of Northumberland but this gives us the chance to try something different.
“I’d urge anyone living in the Alnwick, Morpeth and Berwick areas to log on and check the videos out.”
People can view the new crime videos by visiting the Northumbria Police YouTube channel on http://www.youtube.com/user/wwwnorthumbriapolice
The Alnwick area videos are at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzIngVipYeE, Morpeth at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn2LCnfUAx8 and Berwick at www.youtube.com/watch?v=As9n2vRGBL0