Crime messages trial for phones and tablets

P0LICE messages will be broadcast using Bluetooh and Wi-Fi during trials of a new device.

Over the summer months, police in Adur and Worthing are testing the a new device, which broadcasts messages about crimes and incidents, missing people and security advice to mobile phones and tablets.

It invites anyone in a 400-metre radius with their device set to ‘discoverable’ to receive specific messages from the neighbourhood policing team about incidents in their area.

Chief Inspector Jo Banks, district commander, said: “This innovative idea will allow my officers to communicate quickly with residents about local incidents, asking for their help and support in locating vulnerable missing people, identifying suspicious vehicles and witness appeals to crimes.

“The way that technology can be used to communicate is increasing on a daily basis and I am keen to look for as many different opportunities as I can to ensure that we are using it to the fullest extent to provide the public with important information about crime and community safety.”

“I hope that this device will be another tool that my officers can use to keep local residents informed. To receive messages, it is important to make sure that your device’s Bluetooth is switched on and it is set as ‘discoverable’.

“Once you are in range of the device, it will automatically ask if you would like to receive a message. You can also access the device through a Wi-Fi connection, which will be named ‘SussexPolice’. This will allow you to browse information on an internet browser.”

The information can be accessed free of charge and personal information will not be requested through this device. Any invites received can also be declined.