Hundreds of police and council officers use OWL in Hertfordshire and London to send exclusive crime alerts, advice and updates directly to the public. You can receive local alerts for FREE simply by downloading the OWL app. No registration or login necessary.

The OWL app works across all of Hertfordshire and half of London.

Participating London boroughs include: Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

Additional boroughs are supported via email alerts only if you register at for free. These boroughs include Barking & Dagenham, Hackney, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

This app alerts you to incidents near to where you live or at your current location. Choose the postcode zones you're interested in and receive notifications the moment the police or council send a new alert to that area.

If you get too many notifications you can switch them off and just read the latest alerts within the app, or if you don't get enough you can switch on notifications for all alerts in your borough.

OWL is supported by Hertfordshire Constabulary and also the Metropolitan Police in half of London Boroughs. For 15 years OWL has helped protect residents and businesses from crimes and scams, and now we have a mobile app to expand the accessibility of official police & council alerts.

Other features:
- Share alerts on social media
- Translate an alert into any language (if your main language isn't English).
- Discover who your local police officers are, where your nearest police station is, and what the priorities are for your area.
- Report a crime online or get in touch with the police in other ways.
- Find out about Neighbourhood Watch and join your local scheme.

IMPORTANT: After installing and opening the app, please allow it to ALWAYS use your location and to send you push notifications. Your location is used anonymously so you can receive local alerts. We do not collect any personal information and OWL, the police and councils do not store or have access to your location.

What’s New

Version 1.0.3

○ New channel to receive alerts from senior Neighbourhood Watch coordinators in your ward (if they choose to share them with the app)
○ London borough of Harrow is now supported
○ App badge gets cleared correctly for iOS
○ Postcode detection on iOS improved
○ Various minor fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Rollerball 1944 ,

Owl web site police alerts

I find this app is very easy to use and an excellent site for this Police to send out crime alerts. It is also useful to find local Police contact numbers. You can set it to get alerts for your area. Excellent.

Florence Steer ,

Wonderful app

What a fantastic resource to alert local residents to problems. The features of being able to sign up for the things that concern you and even contact the Police direct if need be is really good. A really worthwhile app to download.

V Web ,

Great app

Very easy to set up and use. Provides important information about the neighbourhood with the benefit of notifications and alerts on my phone.

App Privacy

The developer, Direct Path Solutions, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • User Content

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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