New app to record crime introduced

2016-09-14 06:00
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TTRUMPET, a mobile application designed to record crime in residential areas, if launched in Pietermaritzburg, will help with keeping a record of crime in Pietermaritzburg suburbs giving an on-the-ground report of statistics.

With instant messaging groups members of the group will receive notifications of messages sent in the group. However, with ttrumpet, members will be able to filter messages in order to only see the ones they want or which are pertinent to them. It also has different channels catering for various needs including security, municipal and general chats.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, ttrumpet director Charles Murray, said that the application allows crime trends to be recorded, which is not the case with instant messaging groups.

“The app allows people to draw trends about crime from the messages sent in the chat. People also have the option to filter their messages and only see things they want to see.

“A lot of times people want to be involved in a group, but because of the continuous flow of messages people often leave a group. With ttrumpet this is eliminated as the person can change their notification settings. People can then, in their own time, go back into the chat and read the messages to catch up on what is happening in their area.”

Murray said that one of the benefits of ttrumpet allows the public to view crime in the area from the ground and gives a real picture about crime in their areas.

“It allows you, as the consumer, to see what is happening in your area without bombarding you with information.”

The application, which was launched two years ago, has been conceptualised to assist with the reporting and recording of crime in order to bring statistics to a local level. Currently ttrumpet is working successfully in parts of the country including areas in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

“In the areas that have used ttrumpet there has been a very good response. In some cases crimes have been prevented. The general public love the app because it makes the view on crime much better. There’s clearly a need for this kind of app so we will continually be improving it and working on it, but so far it’s been great,” said Murray.

Murray added that the ttrumpet team plan to visit the province later this month to promote the application and meet with various community policing forums to explain the benefit of ttrumpet.

The application, which is free, can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or iStore.

In the areas that have used ttrumpet there has been a very good response. In some cases crimes have been prevented. The general public love the app because it makes the view on crime much better

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