Live in a rural area? Save 07492 888109 in your phone!
We launched a new text service to help us prevent and detect rural crime in January. The service was aimed at encouraging rural communities and businesses to help us by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. The number allows the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.
The service is going to continue following its three month trial but the number is changing. The 81819 number is being discontinued and the new Rural Crime number is now 07492 888109 and will working in exactly the same way.
Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We trialled the number for three months and have decided to carry on with the service. We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example – details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for.
“No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.”