New technology allows Redbridge residents to get real time crime alerts sent to their homes

An owl with Mark Glazer. The birds have no direct involvement with the new technology.

An owl with Mark Glazer. The birds have no direct involvement with the new technology. - Credit: Glazer

A new crime warning system has been launched in Redbridge which sends police alerts from your neighbourhood directly to your home.

Online Watch Link (Owl) is a community communication system which can pass on localised information easily and quickly.

Messages, including alerts and timely crime prevention advice, are sent out rapidly, sometimes within half an hour of a crime occurring.

For example if a burglary has happened in a neighbouring street, you will get sent the details quickly and any description of a suspect the officers have.

The system allows messages to be received by landline, mobile phone, email and fax.


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Flyers or letters can be sent to those who do not have access to the internet.

In Redbridge, the scheme will roll out via email.

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“Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) used to communicate through a nested system and the leaders would send information through networks,”said Redbridge chairman Mark Glazer.

“It would only take one link in the chain for the information not to get out to everybody. By using Owl you know that the message gets to everyone individually.”

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