Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Singapore's SMS crime advisory alert

AsiaMedia reports Singapore's Senior Minister of State (Law and Home Affairs) Ho Peng Kee announced "a fresh approach to tackle rising crime,using SMS technology and enlisting youngsters as crime-fighting ambassadors".Further,"to get people wired to crime prevention, police are trying out an SMS crime advisory alert initiative.They send SMS messages to subscribers' cellphones,alerting them to crimes in their neighbourhoods and suggesting precautions they can take to protect themselves.The pilot project started in August, with about 1,200 subscribers,mainly Neighbourhood Watch Zone liaison officers,their assistants and Crime Prevention Ambassadors for senior citizens.They,in turn,disseminate information to residents if necessary.If the pilot is successful, police hope to implement the scheme island-wide".

Via SmartMobs

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