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Press once and cops will respond

Enhanced app MyDistress is now able to record crime in real time. -NST
Mazlinda Mahmood

Wed, Aug 01, 2012
New Straits Times

Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah (left) showing the uniform of beat policemen at the launch of the MyDistress 2.0 with enhanced features in Shah Alam yesterday.

SELANGOR - Imagine being able to send videos and audio of a crime being committed in real time to the police control centre and have officers arrive at the crime scene in about three minutes by just pressing a panic button.

With the latest update to the MyDistress application, the panic button mobile application developed by the Selangor police, this is no longer something confined to television dramas.

Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said in the earlier version, the panic button could only be used to send out a distress signal, along with victims' locations to the police, but now with the video recording function, police could identify immediately suspects through the footage captured by witnesses or victims.

"We have added value to the second version of our pilot project. Let's say a victim is being tailed by suspects, someone in the car can record what is happening and send it directly to the control centre to alert the police," he said after launching MyDistress 2.0, here yesterday.

Tun Hisan said apart from the video recording capability, the application had also been equipped with new features, including a password to protect users and the ability to key in and register the licence plate numbers of vehicles users were travelling in.

It could also list down names and numbers of people to be contacted in case of an emergency.

"If users need assistance, they need only press the panic button and we will know that they are travelling in which taxi or bus and that they are in trouble.

"However, if nothing happens along the journey, the registration number will only be on standby and can be deleted."

At the same event, Selangor police also organised a safety briefing for 1,400 teachers in the state to teach them how to prevent and tackle delinquent students.

Tun Hisan said he hoped that teachers could become leaders to students and parents and play a more effective role in ensuring the safety of students and the school environment.

Commenting on reports of gangsterism in schools, he said, the situation was under control as the gangsters were not students but outsiders, including family members.

"There have only been attempts to recruit students to become gangsters but no school is being controlled by gangsters. We are working closely with schools and have appointed school liaison officers to keep tabs on delinquent acts."

MyDistress works with all smartphones with an Internet connection. The application will send out a distress signal, along with your location to the police once the SOS button is activated.

The distress signal appears in the district police headquarters and at the contingent headquarters and the GPS coordinates will then be relayed to a patrol car via its mobile data terminal.

The longest time on record for the police to respond to a distress alert was nine minutes while the fastest was three minutes.

MyDistress is available only in Selangor.


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