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App lets residents identify criminals

2012-06-26 18:36

London - Britain's largest police force has unveiled a smartphone application which lets London residents identify suspects at the tap of a touchscreen.

Scotland Yard says it has loaded its "Facewatch" app with nearly 5 000 pictures of suspects wanted either in connection with low-level crime or the summer riots which hit the capital last year.

Users enter their postal code and are served with photos of wanted people taken in their area; they can flip through the photos or send in a name if they know the suspect.

The app is the latest addition to international law enforcement's electronic arsenal of crime-fighting programs, which includes everything from a US Homeland Security reporting tool to an app that reads suspects their rights in Spanish.

Comments
  • twentyfivemay.afrika - 2012-06-26 19:02

    Great app wish we had it here as well

  • antin.herinck - 2012-06-26 19:04

    That is nothing! Here in SA we have three of those aps already. They are called SABC1-news, SABC2-news and SABC3-news. You switch them on and all you see is the stuffed faces of the many criminals that comprise the ruling party.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-26 19:20

    That would never work here is SA. You would need a super computer to store all the faces of our criminals on.

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-06-26 20:35

    Its true we do have that app here in SA. Just log into the Department of Home Affairs and you'll find the worlds largest data base of crooks, skelem's, tsotsie's etc with most of the crime bosses freely viewable in their government ministerial portfolio positions...

  • chris.kleynhans - 2012-06-27 09:34

    The makings of the new fascist state. They always use crime to sell the concept and once we accepted it, we can't move or raise our concern without being victimized! For instance, the protestors that they are looking for, are they only looking for the ones that committed crime or are they looking for protestors in general? That difference is important and it goes to the very roots of democracy and of being a human being with a voice, compared to being one of the sheeple!

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