This platform currently allows citizens in Guwahati to report vehicle thefts via SMS, which is apparently transmitted immediately to all police officers on the field. However, it notes that citizens have to file an FIR at a nearby police station and this service is meant to only reduce the time gap between the theft discovery & filing an FIR.
To report thefts, citizens can send a text message “VT [Model], [RC No.], [Color], [Location], [Last seen Time]” to 09243405521. Senior Superintendent of Police of Guwahati, A. P. Tiwari told the publication that Crimatrix will shortly launch another service which will apparently provide real-time updates on the passport document verification process.
Hotel & guest houses guest list submission
The platform will apparently also help hotels, guest houses, lodges and clubs to register on the site to submit their guest records in real-time, thereby skipping the need to provide manual written reports to the Police. The report says Crimatrix already has more than 400 such places in its database.
This move does raise some security & privacy concerns for consumers, however the site mentions that all hotels and guest houses are supposed to submit their guest lists to the nearest police station everyday, as per the The Sarais Act. (Also read: The privacy nightmare that no one in India talks about)
Following submission, Crimatrix apparently cross-checks this data with existing crime records and alerts the nearest police station if there is any match. This platform was developed by Assam Police and Guwahati-based Glomindz Software and was launched as a pilot project last year.
New Guwahati City Police website
It also has a Know Your Police Station feature, which maps out all police stations across the city and provides the name and number of the Officer-In-Charge. Besides this, it provides data about road accidents and fatalities, vehicles stolen and recovered, number of Motor Vehicles Act cases detected and fines collected, and more.
Other e-initiatives by police across India
-Earlier this month, Delhi Police launched a WhatsApp-based anti-corruption helpline. The helpline allows citizens to submit audio and video clips and images, besides calling, to complaint against police officers who demand a bribe or harass an individual. Within three days of the launch, 43 calls were received. However, only 5 of them were genuine complaints.
-In April 2014, Kochi police had launched an initiative that allowed citizens to report traffic violations by sending a message or image of the offending vehicle via WhatsApp.
-Last month, Pune Traffic Police also launched an Android app to reduce the traffic woes in the city. The app allowed citizens to find out auto fare, identify the location of towed vehicles, provided live traffic updates, and more.