MyDistress to the rescue
SHAH ALAM (Aug 24, 2011): Alerting the police to emergencies has become even easier with a programme newly launched by Selangor police which would literally bring help at the push of a single button on your handphone.
The programme called MyDistress is a software which the public can download into their smartphones and use to summon the police without verbal communication.
Using the global positioning system (GPS) of smartphones, MyDistress pinpoints the exact location of the user enabling police to respond more efficiently and accurately to the scene of crime.
For a fee of RM2 a month, users simply need to press a “Help” button on their smartphone and a distress signal is sent out to the nearest district police headquarters and the Selangor state police headquarters alerting the cops who in turn respond to the location coordinates they receive in their monitoring systems.
Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah, who launched MyDistress today at the Selangor police headquarters at Shah Alam, said with Selangor being the first state in the country to utilise the new feature, police hoped to lower crime rates in the state.
He said alerts from MyDistress users are linked to police patrol cars in the eight police districts in the Klang Valley where 73% of crime statistics in the state are reported.
He said MyDistress was a useful programme in situations where victims of crime or other emergencies are unable to call for police assistance due to the distress situation they may be in.
Tun Hisan said MyDistress also comes handy for those who suffer speech disabilities and encouraged the public to utilise the new feature.
To sign up for the feature, users can download the software into the mobile phones from https://mydistress.net. Police said instructions on how to use MyDistress which operate only on Blackberry, iPhone, Android and Java smartphones are available on the given website.