Police To Launch 'My Distress' Application To Combat Crime
SHAH ALAM, July 29 (Bernama) — Police will introduce a smart phone application to shorten response time during the incidence of crimes and thereby help to prevent crimes.
Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the application known as ‘My Distress’ enables signals to be sent to the police operations room at the press of an icon on the smart phone.
“The application, the first of its kind in Malaysia, will be launched next month and details will be provided later,” he said at a press conference here today after meeting with the taxi and lorry operators community at the Selangor police headquarters auditorium.
He said the application allowed users to set several locations such as their home, vehicle and other relevant places to simplify sending a distress signal.
The signal will be received by all operations rooms located in the eight highest crime-prone areas, which are Klang, Petaling Jaya, Ampang Jaya, Subang Jaya, Kajang, Gombak, Serdang and Shah Alam.
Tun Hisan said that once a signal was received, information on the victim’s location would be sent to the nearest patrol car and police station.
He was optimistic the crime rate would be reduced through the application because it made it easier for both the public and the police to apprehend criminals.
Tun Hisan said the application would be provided for free when it was first launched and users might be charged RM1 per month from next year onwards.
At a separate event, Tun Hisan said the state still needed 219 Police Volunteer Reserve (PVR) personnel to assist in maintaining public order.
He said 446 PVR personnel had been appointed to date.