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'Rural Watch' initiative launched in the Worcestershire area

As part of the West Mercia Police, Rural Matters campaign to tackle crime in the rural areas, Rural & Business officers are trialling the launch of a new watch scheme initiative across Worcestershire.

Rural Watch has been specifically designed for residents in the rural areas. The objective is to encourage members of the public to be more vigilant and share or report information regarding any suspicious circumstances or crimes sighted within their community with colleagues and their local policing team.

Members of the public can set up or join existing schemes such as community Neighbourhood Watch groups, email or 'whats app' messaging. Individuals can also register for the Community Messaging Service (CMS) via the West Mercia Police website, giving information on reported crimes, all of which can be specific to requirement.

The benefit of a watch scheme is the intelligence gathered and reported from the local community. Good intelligence can aid investigations and potentially result in disrupting criminals, whether it be seizing a vehicle with no insurance or numerous stop searches. The public know their communities they live in better than anyone, so usually will notice anything suspicious. Without the reporting of suspicious circumstances or crimes, the police cannot identify or tackle problem areas.

If you would like more information on how to set up and benefit from a Rural Watch scheme in your area, contact any of the Worcestershire Rural & Business Officers via email: or

Look out for our Rural Watch signage in the Worcestershire area. If you see any, why not share a photo on our social media sites stating where the 'watch hotspot' is...

Facebook - West Mercia Police Rural Matters

Twitter - @wmpruralmatters

To register for the police Community Messaging Service (CMS) you can find details of how to do this on the West Mercia Police website:

However, if you have several people interested, it could be worth setting up a registered watch scheme. You can find information and support on how to set up a scheme at

For any further enquiries, you can contact your local policing teams via the West Mercia Police website:

Issued: 11:40am, 03.02.18, MC, Corporate Communications


Published 03/07/18