A NEW app which allows persons in Devon to report crimes and incidents has been launched by Devon & Cornwall Police.

Available via the iOS App store and Google Play, Police.UK allows people to report non-urgent crimes and incidents and find out how to access support for victims.

It also gives crime prevention advice, information on local police contacts and a means to compare crime rates in different parts of the country.

Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Nikki Leaper said: ‘We want to make it as easy as possible for people to contact the police to report an incident, to find out how to keep themselves or their property safe or to find details of their local policing team.

‘The Police.UK app provides people with a source of information about the police and an easy way of reporting an incident when they may not have done before because it was inconvenient to make a phone call or visit a police station.

‘Being able to report something digitally, via the app, puts the victim or witness in control and avoids the need to talk, in person, to someone they have never spoken to before. 

‘Police.UK does not replace other ways of reporting incidents, though.  It just provides an additional way to get in touch.  

‘If it is an emergency the public should always call 999 and the option to call 101 for routine issues still exists.’

Police.UK aims to put the public in control of reporting what they want, when they want.