UP police launch criminal tracking app to help women commuters

  • IANS, Ghaziabad
  • Updated: May 02, 2016 13:47 IST
IG (Meerut zone) Sujeet Pandey (centre) launches a mobile phone application to help women commuters in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh Police introduced on Sunday a criminal tracking mobile phone application which is hoped to offer help, especially to the office going women who commute by auto rickshaws.

Launching the app in Ghaziabad, inspector general (Meerut zone) Sujeet Pandey claimed the app is first of its kind in the country.

Stating that the app works offline too, Pandey said its important feature is that it opens a person’s criminal record on voice sense.

If operated online, the police would be able to access data of over a lakh criminals that would be stored in it in later stages. Though it is at present being tried as a pilot project in Ghaziabad, it will be introduced in range and in zone, state and the country soon, Pandey said.

It is India’s first such app which contains the criminals’ information. The app contains a data base collected from the District Crime Record Bureau (DCRB), auto surveys, vehicle records from transport department and jail records.

In a demonstration of the app, Pandey called a criminal’s name loudly over the device as Deepak. Entire criminal record of about 50 individuals named Deepak was soon visible on the screen. Now if police want to zero in on a particular criminal, a filter provision is given in the app.

“Likewise the three-wheelers record which will be boldly written on the rear of the vehicle has also been dumped in the app through which the women passengers could message the details to her family before occupying seat in the auto.”

“For example, if a woman takes an auto-rickshaw from Vaishali, its unique number would be displayed on the back as V-1. If the woman sends V-1 (on SMS) to her home, the entire details would be displayed on the device through this app. This is very beneficial for the woman passengers,” the officer added.

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