One of the citizens’ prime concerns in South Africa is criminal activity. However, a new anti-crime App is being launched to assist South Africans in their fight against crime. Notably, crime becomes a huge social concern in the country.
Anti-crime app available
The new app, CrimeSpotter is a welcome aid for citizens. And, the initiative is launched by Johannesburg based In-Detail Advertising company to assist individuals to play a part in crime spotting and reporting.
Technologically, the app is simple to download. Additionally, the app operates via maps. Clearly, the aim is to allow neighbours to link up and report on crime quickly. Moreover, community policing formed within a community will use the app to assist each other and the police.
Ideal for communities
According to the website Crime Spotter App website, this program will allow for instant alerts sent to neighbours whilst a crime is in process. Additionally, one may register as an individual, company or anonymously when reporting crime. Ideally, the anonymous option offers citizens with information a chance to report it without endangering themselves.
Sharp reminder that crime in South Africa is not confined to specific areas, socioeconomic levels, race groups or just the public sector. https://t.co/5KwqAzNRDQ
— Koshiek Karan (@iamkoshiek) September 23, 2020
Furthermore, the website says, “The aim of CrimeSpotter is to mobilise South Africans in crime prevention by becoming the eyes and ears of their community and actively reporting all crimes and providing any additional information possible on those crimes which have been reported by others.”
Communities assist each other and police
Importantly, communities may now be their own “eyes and ears”. Additionally, through gathering information around crime, recoding videos and sound, it assists police following up. Moreover, data sharing suspicious behaviour amongst neighbours may well save lives and livelihoods.
Check out our powerful new App. It allows everyone in the area to be the eyes and ears of the community. It’s Free and built to make neighbourhoods safer…
App Store – https://t.co/V3G79sR1Th
Google Play – https://t.co/c9wInV0CN1 pic.twitter.com/zDAXHQmETQ
— CrimeSpotter🇿🇦 (@crimespotter) September 13, 2020
Criminals seemingly act with impunity
Unfortunately, criminals seemingly act with impunity in South Africa. Specifically, CrimeSpotter will assist policing as neighbours liaise via the app to make it a little harder for the bad guys to operate. Certainly, more videos and photographs instantly uploaded to the app will assist police in following up on crime. Hopefully, data may be admissible in court and better serve the justice system.
Letter today in @TheMercurySA:
"…only Brazil and Venezuela have crime rates higher than South Africa's…Crime levels of this nature are likely attributable to long-term shortcomings in effective policing by the SAPS and institutional weaknesses within SAPS." – @MariusCRoodt pic.twitter.com/qMDgasPctF
— Institute of Race Relations (@IRR_SouthAfrica) September 30, 2020
Download the app from your cell phone play store or check out the website for more information.