Trumpet blown on crime

2016-08-02 06:00
Recently launched Ttrumpet App will go a long way in fighting crime because it will allow people to communicate in real time and alert each other on incidents as they happen.  PHOTO: NICOLE mCCAIN

Recently launched Ttrumpet App will go a long way in fighting crime because it will allow people to communicate in real time and alert each other on incidents as they happen. PHOTO: NICOLE mCCAIN

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Ttrumpet, a South African developed multi-purpose app, is making a noise that’s not easy to ignore when it comes to fighting crime.

The directors of the app have been actively working with the community policing forums (CPF) and residents’ associations across the country to connect individuals in real-time with their communities, to syndicate information and to keep themselves and their families safe.

Currently, Ttrumpet, along with the CPFs, already covers over 700km² in the Pretoria region, covering 289 241 households.

Over the past month they have been in discussions with residents’ and ratepayers’ associations and CPFs from areas like Hout Bay, Sea Point, Camps Bay, Noordhoek and Mitchell’s Plain, amongst others.

Ttrumpet has also met with Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith to see how best this app can be utilised to fight crime and make communities safer.

Charles Murray, director of Ttrumpet, says the team is in discussions with the CPFs and the residents’ associations in some areas in and around Cape Town.

“We are discussing how technology is being used to bring communities closer together and keep them safer. With so many citizens witnessing and experiencing almost daily incidents in their city, imagine the sheer volume and content that can be generated.

“One of the best ways to garner this information is through crowd sourcing, which involves engaging and enabling citizens to actively take a part in the fight against crime and by reporting suspicious activities or crime or vandalism by reporting information in real-time and in a convenient and accessible way using their smartphones,” he says.

Currently CPFs and residents’ associations are disseminating information through WhatsApp groups which is very limiting.

“A group can only have 256 members, yet the community is much bigger than that. To be able to communicate currently, they need WhatsApp which can be painful and a bore with so many messages coming through that are irrelevant to you,” says Murray.

The Ttrumpet app allows members to be active when they feel it is important for them. With the settings they can choose the feeds that they want to get information which is relevant to them.

“You will find out some only want updates on suspicious behaviour, robberies or theft, so this app will allow them to set it the way they want and only get information that they’re interested in,” he says.

Despite the usage setting for incidents they want to receive, they have an option to view all other incidents on a map like Google Maps.

“If you want to see what’s happening generally in terms of crime, you can then view it on the map. It will also give you statistics over a specific period. The aim with the Ttrumpet app is to allow people to be involved as much as they want, when they want,” says Murray.

“With WhatsApp others end up leaving the group because of too many messages, but Ttrumpet allows you to fight crime the way you want.”

The app also allows users who want to do business as well with a platform that allows them to advertise their business at a low rate.

It also allows people who want to know more about an area around them to see different venues such as restaurants; services, like doctors, and local events.

To download the Ttrumpet app go to your Google play store or App store and follow the instructions.


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