‘Help is always at hand’

2016-05-17 06:00
SA Community Crime Watch launches SA CARES. Photo: supplied

SA Community Crime Watch launches SA CARES. Photo: supplied

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SA Community Crime Watch and SA Cares (SA Combined Action Response) has launched its mobile panic button.

According to organisation founder Steven King, they are a non-profit organisation with branches throughout South Africa.

“So no matter where you are help is always at hand,” he said.
“For a small monthly fee and no upfront registration fees, residents will get all the services required during a moment of distress no matter where and no matter when.”

King described the panic button as an application which is a virtual guardian in case of any emergency and works on various operating systems (Android, Iphone, Windows Mobile, Firefox,and Blackberry 10).

“It makes use of GPS, WIFI and LBS tracking and is a small, simple and user friendly app to install and operate,” said King.
In addition, King said, the button also has a non smartphone speed dial function with LBS Technology.

When the Fever asked King what makes this panic button different from all the other panic buttons?

He said: “This is a pretty simple answer - we have a national foot print that gives you help really fast and have teamed up with other major organisations to assist in areas where we are still growing.

“We have a dedicated 24 hour control room which will receive your panic response.
“Once received all your personal information will be displayed on our screen. You will receive a call from one of our incident managers who have over 50 years’ operational service.

“Your needs will be assessed and the correct services will be dispatched whether it is a medical, fire, criminal, or accident related emergency.
“Your location will also be displayed on our screens and if you do not respond to our call, we will dispatch assistance to your location. So, no matter what your emergency, we will be there for you because at SA Cares that's what we do,” he said.

To register for the panic button visit http://saccw.org/register/ or contact Steven King on
082 920 5799 for more information.

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