You can now report rape, murder, prostitution, traffic violations and other crimes in Dubai at the touch of a button on smartphones or smart watches.
Dubai Police launched the Al Ameen app during GITEX as part of their efforts to move towards a smart government and increase communication with citizens.
General Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, the head of Dubai Police’s human resources department, said: “We made the first application on smart watches and made a demo app. It’s under experiment with the cooperation of state security in Dubai.
“The application has eight icons: by clicking an icon, we will identify the person’s mobile number and location and will then call them to get more information. With this application, people will get easier and faster access to us,” a Dubai Police official told 7DAYS.
The official said it will take a maximum of five minutes for the control room to receive a call via the app. The new app is an extension of the police’s existing Al Ameen service, which was created in 2003 as a way for residents to pass on information to the police and report crimes confidentially.
Official statistics show that during 2012, Al Ameen services received 13,514 calls from people about various matters on its hotline 800 4888, fax 04 209777 or via text, email and Twitter. Dubai Police also launched a 999 app on Android, which will soon be available via the Apple Store. It is similar to the Al Ameen app but has different icons: bomb threat, theft, murder, rape, ambulance, fire, kidnapping and road accident. It is also available on smartphones and smart watches.
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