Ruralwatch Two Way Radio Scheme in Rye.

The recent incident in Wolverly, a quiet village in Worcestershire highlights the need for an effective security policy for small rural communities. Richard Watkins, a village postmaster was attacked by a group of armed assailants and defended himself at gunpoint causing one of the assailants to die of an inflicted stab wound. Instances like this illustrates the need for a security scheme to be in place for rural residents (especially now that the village bobby is now such a rarity). A Ruralwatch scheme such as the one that Smye Rumsby has launched in Rye is probably the most effective option for effective rural security. Initially, Rolvenden council, who run the scheme, will use 20 Icom IC-F20 handheld transceivers and a talkthrough base station. The scheme is really is at its foundation stage and it is hoped that it will eventually cover a wider area incorporating Camber Sands and Chelsea Beach.

Rye is typical of most rural towns where buildings are separated by some miles. The scheme will allow any member of the scheme to identify any suspicious behaviour and inform other residents, shopkeepers and Police. And because the Police are usually 20 minutes, at best, from an incident this proactiveness may save a life one-day.

Paul Jess said, 'that the success of schemes such as the one in Rye is down to the fact that if anything goes wrong with any of the equipment that his company can provide a replacement within a couple of hours. Other systems don’t have this sort of after sales service. Instead shopkeepers from other schemes are forced to wait long times for another replacement unit from a manufacturer.'

Paul added,' that's why Icom radios are used. They have an extra warranty, are value for money and have a high level of reliability. Icom radios are very dependable. If the Icom IC-F10 is used in the high-risk construction industry then there is no reason why it shouldn’t be dependable in any retail outlet.'

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