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Download the OWL app to receive notifications to help tackle crime

7 July 2021

Richmond Council and the Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams are encouraging residents to download the new OWL (Online Watch Link) mobile application to start receiving instant notifications by the police to help residents keep themselves and their homes safe.

OWL is an award-winning crime fighting platform used by the Metropolitan Police and Councils in several London boroughs to send messages, advice and updates directly to the public by email and SMS. It has been up and running for 15 years and has now launched its free mobile app to improve accessibility and to provide instant notifications.

Notifications will include information on burglaries, car crimes, robberies, missing person appeals, and more. Anything urgent will arrive as an instant notification and anything less urgent will land inside the app to be read at leisure.

You can begin receiving notifications once you have downloaded the app - there is no need to register or share any personal identifiable data. Users will receive information based on current postcode locations, which can be updated and postcodes of interest can also be added (if within a participating borough). Users can also share OWL messages on social media.

You can download the app by searing for ‘owl crime alerts’ or by using the Google Play link or App Store link.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“OWL supports the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme by bringing together critical crime, public health and safety information into one place and sharing real-time updates with members.

“The new OWL app will help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe by keeping you informed and flagging things to look out. It’s easy to use and means everyone with a mobile phone can be proactive about safety. I urge residents to download the app today!”

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Up to: July 2021

Updated: 12 July 2021