PTC cops can zap you ... a text

Fri, 10/23/2009 - 3:51pm
By: John Munford

Alert service used to warn citizens of major events, scams and more

The Peachtree City Police Department is enhancing its citizen alert message service to include cellphone text alerts along with emails.

Residents will have to sign up for this free service on their own by going to Current users of the department’s similar I-Net service will have to manually sign up for Nixle on their own, police said.

The service will work just like the I-Net service with the added text messaging capability. The department uses the service to broadcast alerts about criminal activity such as armed robberies, identity theft and fraud alerts, major auto crashes, some suspicious person cases and others.

The text messages will include a brief message about the alert and users can then check their email for further details, said Capt. Rosanna Dove. The service allows police to target specific neighborhoods to receive certain messages if needed, Dove said.

The Tyrone Police Department has been using Nixle for some time and so Peachtree City residents will have a chance to see pertinent alerts from Tyrone as well, Dove said.

The service is provided free of charge to the police department. According to its website, Nixle earns revenue from providing its communication services to other private entities.

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