The Community Messaging Service is a system designed to circulate information rapidly, to keep members of the community informed of crimes in their area and current events, as well as appeals for witnesses to crime. You can also sign up for messages about emergencies in your area.
Messages are sent by e-mail, voice mail, fax or text message and people can also choose when they receive information.
The people registered on the system include residents and those who work in the county, Neighbourhood Watch members, members of Key Individual Networks, farm watch, schools and hospitals and businesses such as shops, pubs, post offices and banks.
Information can be specifically targeted at individual schemes or neighbourhoods.
Everyone who registers for the scheme is asked to provide an emergency contact number as well as any number they use on a routine basis. This is to enable the police to communicate in the event of an emergency.
Action Fraud, the UK's first national fraud reporting centre, takes crime reports from victims of fraud and provides a crime reference number. This information is then fed to the police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to gain a more complete national picture of fraud. Action Fraud also provides a wide range of information about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Action Fraud has had 15, 000 web reports and calls in the first six months from members of the public who have decided to join the fight against fraud.
Glossop Enquiry Office Police Station
Fraud comes in many forms but there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself from the crime.
Do not give any personal information (e.g. Your name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to anyone before checking they are legitimate.
Destroy and preferably shred receipts with your card details on, and any post with your name and identity on.
If you receive any bills, invoices or receipts for things you haven't bought or with places you don't usually deal with take action. Your identity may have been stolen.
Be very wary of post, phone calls, emails, or people claiming to offer you business deals or investment opportunities out of the blue. Remember if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
Beware of unwanted mail from outside this country or from a Post-box address in this country. Lottery and cashback fraudsters are increasingly using these.