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Bangalore residents can now use Twitter’s live streaming app Periscope to record videos of crimes and vehicles jumping traffic signals among other offences, reports ET. The report claims that the police control room will be able to find the location of the crime from the person who’s shooting the video and alert jurisdictional police.

The police told ET that it might help in its function as a ‘live surveillance camera’. Bangalore police will also use the app to live stream its press conferences, through which people watching can comment and interact live.

In February this year, Bangalore traffic police had launched an initiative where residents could report traffic violations through its Public Eye web and mobile applications. Citizens could report traffic violations by uploading a picture along with the vehicle registration number, type of violation, place and type of violation.

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In May, Twitter updated its live video streaming app Periscope with the ability to sign up for the service without a Twitter account. New users would now be able to sign up for the app using their phone numbers instead. Twitter had earlier purchased Periscope in January for an undisclosed amount, although the company could have spent $86 million to acquire Periscope. Subsequently, Twitter launched the video streaming app in March with a Twitter integrated login.

Other digital/online initiatives by the police:

– The Delhi Police decided to install digital camera on police cars to record violations, area and time of offence in March this year. The surveillance cameras would capture footage of vehicles driven in front of the car, but if the police wanted to record specific vehicles, they could change the focus of the camera.

– The same month, Bangalore-based autorickshaw hailing application mGaadi signed up with Bangalore police to revive the prepaid autorickshaw system in the city.

– In December last year, local commerce messaging platform Lookup partnered with Bangalore police to to help the public connect with the cops over chat. The service was first piloted in Koramangala Police Station and the police was to be be extended to other stations in the city as well.

– In November last year, the Bangalore City Police Crime Branch raided the offices of a fake online shopping portal called BigSop.com (now defunct) based on complaints received on Twitter.

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– In the same month, Delhi Police formed a series of WhatsApp groups to enable residents in the riot-hit Trilokpuri area of East Delhi get in touch with them. Residents could use these groups to instantly report incidents of harassment and police in-action. In October, it had introduced a helpline on WhatsApp wherein Delhi citizens could send in audio and visual complaints of traffic violations. Kochi police had also launched a similar initiative that allowed citizens to report traffic violations in April last year.

– In August last year, Delhi Police had also launched an anti-corruption helpline (9910641064) on WhatsApp that allowed citizens to send audio and video clips, to the helpline in case a police officer demanded a bribe or harassed an individual.

Image Credit: Flickr user Darren Johnson

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