Police in north Somerset have set up a new early warning system for care homes.
The hotline is called "Police Care Watch" and the project will provide crime prevention advice and support to the homes.
Some 75 per cent of the care centres in the region have already signed up and now the police are hoping that the other 18 homes will join in with the scheme as well.
"We believe this is the first scheme of its kind in the Avon and Somerset force area, which will help to reassure care centre owners and those who live in the homes," said PC Steve Burrough.
"If there is a distraction burglary at a care home, we can in just minutes, issue a warning and advice to other homes who are signed up to the scheme," he continued.
"It is in effect an early warning communications system, similar to that used very effectively with Neighbourhood Watch."
The scheme was devised to provide a solution to a local spate of theft and bogus callers, which had caused particular concern among the residents of care homes.