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The Community Watch?system provides a medium for residents within a community or sector area to be in communication with each other, to build a database of employees, suspicious activities and to share data with each other.

An employee module is often used for verification of authorized personnel to perform different task and to track employee movement within a community. Subscribers within the communication can employ employees and terminate their services and allow for recommendations based on the person?s service. This in itself should encourage resident to employ those workers who have a good track record and to avoid dishonest or poor performing individuals.

Alerts that are generated through our applications or SMS display on a desktop and response application for intervention from a law enforcement perspective and also distribute alerts to a nominated group of people.

The law enforcement applications or Response and desktop applications allow the database to be searched for vehicles and people, and have the ability to communicate messages to the community through our applications. Security to the applications is managed through a username and password setup that can be changed or disconnected at any given time.

A photo file for verification of authorized persons and vehicles empower the holders of the law enforcement applicants to access information and photos for verification. These photos can be loaded by the subscribers of the service at their free will and is not compulsory.

Other voluntary fields include allergies and blood type information for every contact on the system should there be an emergency where this information is vital. Additional fields to store Microdot information also assist the law enforcement agencies to find the owners of lost and stolen goods.

Resident App (Android, iOS)

A Resident application that allows the subscriber to update his own personal details and photos, generate alerts for example a panic, follow me home and to upload suspicious activities and photos under any one of the three categories namely suspicious person, suspicious vehicle or drug alert.

Response app? (Android, iOS)

A Response application is intended to be held and controlled by any form of law enforcement representatives; albeit the SAPS, CPF or security companies that operate within the area. The user will have access to alerts within the community and have the ability to recall information and search on certain fields, for example registration numbers, reported activities, etc. Broadcast messages can be distributed from the application to members within the sector area. This offer a controlled environment for communications messages to be distributed at a very low cost. The broadcast messages only display in the message box on the resident applications.

Mobile?apps and social media don?t rule the world, but they do rule the time smartphone users spend on their devices ? and are helping to fight crime.

Community policing forums (CPF) and private security companies use these technologies to better and quicken their link of communication between residents and police in crime prevention.

CPFs also use them to raise awareness and alert residents ? as happened in Glenvista on New Years Day, when the Checkers store at the Glenvista Shopping Centre was robbed shortly after it opened at 8am.?About seven suspects robbed the cash office of an undisclosed amount of money.

Glenvista CPF chairman Mike Fontes, who was at the scene, said it?s possible the robbery was an inside job because Checkers security didn?t respond, and the panic button had only been activated 10 minutes after the robbery.??I went to the control room after the incident and the security manager showed me CCTV footage of the incident, and that the robbers asked for the person who holds the key by name.?

Two of the suspects arrived at the mall on foot and five came and left in a silver Nissan Tiida sedan with the money, the CPF wrote on its Facebook page. It said one of the suspects who came on foot was in a G4S Security uniform and carried a handgun.?Constable Sibongile Mnguni of the Mondeor police said it was the opinion of the Facebook page administrator that Checkers staff could be involved.??The getaway vehicle hasn?t been traced yet? the suspects are at large and we are still investigating the case.??She said the police had a good relationship with the CPF and would continue to work closely.

Community CPFs also use mobile applications to combat crime.?One such application is Community Watch, an app that incorporates instant messaging with a direct connection to police, CPFs and private security companies.?It is currently being rolled out with Randfontein CPF patrol teams and will be incorporated into other communities. The app allows users to generate alerts such as ?panic? and ?follow me home? and can report suspicious activities.

A response version of Community Watch is held and controlled by the police, CPF or security companies that operate within the area. These law enforcement representatives will have access to alerts and respond to emergencies.

Features:

  • Panic Alert
  • Follow Me Home
  • Suspicious Activity
  • Alerts on reported activities in your area
  • Remote Panic
  • Domestic employee database
  • Warning against “Not Recomended Employees”
  • Service Provider database
  • Integrity Screening
  • Photo Verification: residents, contacts, property, vehicles, domestic employees, service providers
  • Record of blood groups and allergies in case of an emergency
  • Microdot records

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