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The Philippine National Police is optimizing the use of technology in Crime Prevention and Crime Solution by launching the Bantay Krimen Mobile App today at National Headquarters, Camp Crame.

The launch was led by PNP Chief, Police Director General Ricardo C Marquez, Atty. Rogelio Casurao, Vice Chairman, National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and Police Director Benjamin Magalong, head of Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management (DIDM) together with the students of University of the Cordilleras (UC).

The mobile application was developed through the joint efforts of the University of the Cordilleras and the DIDM as part of its Next Generation Investigation project.

Bantay Krimen Mobile Application is a community-based tool in promoting crime awareness, reporting, and prevention at the tip of everyone’s fingertips with the use of their handheld Personal Digital Assistant (PDAs – cellphone or tablet) gadgets.

It enhances the collaboration between the citizen and the police in promoting safer communities with its carrying theme: “Tungo sa Mapayapang Komunidad!”. It requires GPS location especially for its main feature of hotspot notification wherein the user will be notified if s/he is entering a crime hotspot zone.

“This effort is still under our Lambat Sibat project. It will increase level of awareness both to community and our policemen in combating crimes specifically in Metro Manila”, PNP Chief Marquez said.

The said application is now applicable NCR wide and later be launched throughout the country.

Among the other features of the app are:

View Crime Incidents – users can view crime incidences by logging in and setting the area or location they wanted to view. They can view information such as, address, modality, date, time, and reporting unit. This can be viewed by clicking an icon in the map. Users can also filter location by setting the radius of a specific area of crime incidence they wanted to see. Crime incidences within the defined radius will be displayed and counted. Filters for date, time, and crime type can also be set by the users. Crime incidences shown in the mobile app are from the official blotter reports from police stations. The mobile app with crime incidences with background map can also be viewed in an offline mode.

Call the Nearest Police Station - this feature enables users to report on-going crimes or emergencies to the nearest police station located by GPS or they can manually select Police Stations by the number provided in the app. The device GPS must be turned on for more accurate use of the device.

Hotspot Notification - with the GPS on, users can be notified on proximity of a crime hotspot zone. Notifications will be sent by the app as a message prompting the distance from a hotspot zone or if the user is already within the hotspot zone area. Users can set to turn-on the hotspot notification, enable sound, or enable the vibration of the device.

Report Crimes - using the mobile application, crimes can be reported in real time and be displayed in the dashboard and map of monitoring police stations. Reporting can be forwarded through the app or through the web. Report type includes normal reporting and SOS reporting. Normal reporting enables users to provide information about previously committed crimes. Whereas, SOS reports are reported in real time location and time, this is for incidents that require immediate action

Crime Reporting Dashboard - the crime reported is stored in a web database where police officers can monitor and respond to the reported crimes. Aside from the database, reports are also viewed in a map to rationalize the deployment of resources.

As a way forward, features such as device synchronizing, crime incident accuracy, report ticketing system, report analytics, photo and video upload, GPS tracking of mobile units, and user suggestions will be incorporated in the newer version of the app and the dashboard.

For the initial release, the app is limited to PNP force multipliers for further innovation, the app will soon be available to the citizens through the Google Playstore. (PNP-PIO)