Cape Town residents are bracing themselves for the busy festive season ahead. During this time in previous years, police have reported a noticeable increase in criminal activities in and around the province. In an attempt to combat the spike in organised crime incidents, Belgravia resident, Yusuf Isaacs created a specially designed smart phone application to send out alerts at the click of a button.
The 29 year old told VOC News that the idea sparked after his car had been stolen and home broken into. Left devastated, the then IT student embarked on a plan to create a ‘CitySpy’ application to not only establish a platform of communication between Community crime fighting units, but to also monitor and end possible crime trends plaguing the Cape Flats.
Since it was released in early October this year, over 150 active users have already begun using the app.
“We all need to work together in fighting crime. Through this platform, we can have a better chance at ensuring the safety of not only our families but our friends as well. If this application was available when I was robbed, I’m sure the perpetrators would have been caught,” Isaacs explained.
How it works:
Much like the already popular Western Cape Crime Channel and Zello Group, the application allows its users to upload information regarding unidentified and suspicious individuals in the area. In addition, users are able to share information on criminal activities and hotspots where a network of “city spies” can assist in bringing the culprits to book.
“The app it allows users to report crime and notify users in close proximity to the location of the crime. The network will have details of the perpetrators description and if any users spot the individuals fitting the description they can then inform local authorities,” Isaacs continued.
Isaacs further called on Android users around Cape Town to download the free ‘CitySpy’ app as holidays nears, in a bid to ensure the safety of all during what is unquestionably peak crime season. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)