Hyderabad: There were days when cops had to sit in police stations and sift through bundles of files and registers, after getting a report on an offence in a locality, to get a gist of the crime history of that locality and about offenders who could be behind the crime.
Now, things are as easy as just opening HYDCOP, the internal mobile app of the City Police, on their mobiles and clicking on the relevant section to get whatever information they want. Right from station-wise crime information and accident history to the type of crime (property offence, snatching, house-breaking, murder, riots etc), vulnerable locations with information on the crime to which they are vulnerable, and also known offenders from that particular locality and their history, to mention a few, are available at their fingertips.
This GIS-based digital crime mapping of localities, known as Interactive Mapping of Crime and Accidents for Police (imCAP), has helped the force in bringing down crime rate in the city, according to City Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy.
imCAP, used along with criminal tracking systems, intensive patrolling by patrol cars and Blue Colts, cordon and search operations and community CCTVs has helped in bringing down crime rate. Patrolling, officials point out, is being reorganised on a regular basis based on the inputs from imCAP, which is also updated regularly.
“Police stations and officers can have a glance of the crime and accident data in a particular locality, right from 2013, based on geo location of the crime. This has been very useful in assessing the crime trends and reorganising patrolling effectively. For example, if there has been a spurt in chain snatching in one area, imCAP will convey that to the officer concerned, who can change patrolling patterns accordingly,” an official said.
Geo-tagging of accidents has also been done, with structural or engineering changes at an accident-prone spot being suggested to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Now, important installations including temples, churches, mosques and other security sensitive installations too are being added to imCAP to help in patrolling and bandobust arrangements.
“Such advanced crime and accident mapping gives a comprehensive live crime pattern to all police officers, enabling them in efficient crime prevention and detection,” the official said, adding that this was one of the most crucial technology supported proactive criminal intelligence measures initiated by the City Police in recent times.