The Crime Spotter South Africa App Initiative
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SAPS Crime Stats are Not Accurate
Once a year the South African Police release the nationwide crime statistics which are compiled to create a snapshot of the “current” crime levels in the county.
This crime information is gathered from all the police stations and reported by each police precinct.
One of the major questions that comes to mind is how accurate are these stats? Why are they only released yearly? Why is this system so dated?
Crime statistics can affect economic conditions, local government credibility, and measure how effective people are at doing their jobs. These statistics can be biased because of
vested interest from certain people and organisations. We are leading up elections and information could be repackaged to suit outcomes.
As they say on the SAPS website “The crime statistics generated by SAPS are an important link in the value chain of the statistics system that informs policy development and planning in the criminal justice system.”
The citizens of a country feel the effects of crime the most, and should be given more direct participation in the reporting and discussion of crime. More needs to be done overall to intensify the fight against crime by using what is available today to improve communications and information gathering.
What is needed is a drive to use technology to widen the crime fighting capabilities of South Africans and to unite against a common criminal enemy.
FEET ON THE GROUND
Private security, who are made up by the many guards and security companies, far outnumber the police force. Police officers are listed at around 190,000 whereas active private security guards stand at around 500,000. The number of active officers could be inaccurate, as many stories have circulated of police stations being understaffed, staff that are never present and police stations that do not even have a vehicle to react to calls.
In that scenario it is obvious that the people with a deeper sense of active and trending crimes would be the residents and the security forces. CPF’s work closely with police andsecurity companies that are competitive and do not readily share information although often back each other on the streets. Active residents can also assist by contributing useful information.
Every single resident can contribute by becoming the eyes and ears of their community. Suspicious activity should always be reported and documented in a way that it can easily be retrieved as it can often lead to an arrest in a case. Whatsapp is not enough as its is limited to close groups and not mapped onto a Google Map. Vital information can be gathered here for car registrations, descriptions of persons and suspicious behaviour.
What is needed is a central tool for residents, community bodies, security and police, all contributing information effectively to unite against criminals.
FEW CRIMES ARE OFFICIALLY REPORTED
The chief motivation for reporting a crime is for a case number that can lead to legal action or for an insurance claim. Many crimes go unreported as items are uninsured or the crime is too incidental to feel warranted to report. Couple this with time, distance and poorly staffed charge offices, and the results are a population that have a low drive to report incidents.
Take this simple scenario for example: A car owner discovers his car was broken into during the night and his battery was removed. The affected person could call the police or travel to the police station to report it but doing that will not replace their battery. Reporting it will get them a case number that they could use for insurance, but the replacement of the item is cheaper than the insurance excess. The result is that the car owner takes the financial knock, replaces the battery and moves on. As far as the police stats are concerned, no crime was committed at that residence.
The criminals who perpetrated the crime face no consequence and will continue stealing or possibly return for a better haul. Criminals graduate from smaller crimes to major ones as each endeavour becomes more brazen with the allure of more valuable items.
What is needed here is a way for all crimes to be reported, no matter how incidental, including suspicious activity which is evidence gathering that could become helpful after a crime happens.
TRENDING CRIME STATS
Living in an age where we can see when almost anything is trending and so much data is available for study, why can we not have a finger firmly on the pulse of crime trends in South Africa at a local street level? This kind of information would prove to be incredibly powerful for crime fighting. Imagine a situation where the moment a crime is reported in a neighbourhood that anyone with a smartphone who is nearby is notified by push notification and we have hundreds of alerted citizens watching out, gathering information and assisting the security and police. Criminals would have no place to hide.
Crimes move in patterns, and this was popularised in ex New York Mayor Giuliani’s book Leadership where he credited the ability to document every crime on a central system called CompStat as the most powerful tool used in his clean up of the city.
What is needed here is a simple yet powerful app that allows for incidents to be reported, mapped and instant alerts sent to users nearby.
DETAILED CRIME STATS
As the crime stats are reported each year they come out in a very draconian way as a simple one page documents detailing each precinct with crimes by type. There is no ability to work with these stats responsively, you cannot drill down to street level or filer by crime type or even see where the majority of the crimes are occurring. Crime statistics should be open source to security forces and concerned citizens to view and study.
What is needed here is a central website to gather as much crime intelligence as possible gathered by millions of users country wide.
With the rise of human trafficking and general crime we see an alarming increase in the number of missing persons. Alerts are send out on social media which may or may not be seen and when people are found the alerts are still doing the rounds. Imagine if you could report a missing person from your phone and it would send a push alert notification to all those around you with the photo and request everyone to keep a lookout.
In the case of child abduction, hundreds of eyes would be on immediate lookout for the child. We need this kind or power in our hands.
This same function could be extended to send alerts by geolocation in the case of natural disasters or wide area attacks.
What is needed here is an app that allows missing persons to be reported, alerts sent to nearby app users and a central place to give feedback if the person had been found or not.
In-Detail Advertising is a local design company that have been working on a project that aims to empower communities across South Africa and abroad, through a system that connects communities to alert and unify against crime. It is packaged as CRIMESPOTTER and they are actively looking to find a funder to make it all happen in return for exposure in the App, which will be used worldwide.
FUNDING – They are also asking for the public to support them through direct donations at https://www.thundafund.com/project/crimespotter
The new crime fighting app hopes to make a huge difference in how ordinary people can report and track crime. CRIMESPOTTER brings communities closer together through easy to use technology so that information can be shared quickly and centrally.
CRIMESPOTTER also keeps track of reported crimes, and these statistics will allow law enforcement and security companies to make informed decisions. Crime follows trends and patterns, and the tools that this app provides makes linking crime information, and direct crime fighting action easier than ever before.
In-Detail Advertising who is owned by Gerald Yapp has previously developed Turn It Around (turnitaround.co.za) in 2010 as a way to turn the tide on crime. As a website it had limitations, and was built long before social media exploded and communication became much more mobile. They aim to take the very best features of this system and expand on them through CRIMESPOTTER.
The official website with the central database will be located at crimespotter.co.za
For more information please contact In-Detail Advertising on (011) 021-3156 or email@example.com