Essex Community Messaging

Did you know you can keep informed about the policing and community safety issues which affect you?

Did you know you can keep informed about the policing and community safety issues which affect you?

Essex Community Messaging allows you to take an active role in helping to keep crime down in your community whilst keeping up to date with what's going on around you.

And you can select what information you would like to receive - based on where you live, work, go to school or socialise, or on issues in which you may have a particular interest.

All you have to do is sign up, for free, at and choose to receive these messages via email, text or voice message

If you don't have access to a computer, don't worry. Just visit your nearest police station and Essex Police front office staff will be pleased to help you sign up or you can log on to a computer at your nearest library. This means you will have to choose either the text or voicemail option.

If you don't have an email address or a mobile phone number, you can still register to receive voice messages on your landline. Simply ring the support line on 0161 327 2616 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays - you can leave a message at other times - and sign up that way.

As soon as you have registered, you will begin receiving regular, accurate, up-to-date information, crime prevention advice and notifications from Essex Police, the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) to help keep you and your community safe.

In some circumstances, you will be able to respond to messages, either by using the ECM system or by ringing Essex Police on 101.

The project has been jointly funded by Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston and from money seized from criminals under the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA).

Mr Alston says: "Essex Community Messaging will improve the two-way flow of information about community safety between Essex Police, Neighbourhood and other Watch groups, and the people of Essex. We need to help communities join Essex Police in the fight against crime.

"Whether it is through reporting suspicious behaviour or learning about simple measures to take to prevent crime, ECM will provide a crucial new channel for keeping our communities safe.

"I urge everyone to register now for ECM."