In a bid to ensure the safety of women in the city, the Bengaluru City Police has launched an app that will provide assistance to women during emergencies.
A fully integrated app, Suraksha – Bengaluru City Police can be downloaded free of cost and is compatible with both Android and iOS phones. After downloading, women can activate a button-like icon on the screen into an SOS trigger by pressing it five times.
After SOS button has been activated, a 10-second video will be recorded and uploaded, and police will be sent to assist the user during the emergency. Users can also send an SOS alerts to friends and families.
The app is linked to the control room and cops will be able to trace the location in real time through GPS.
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Apart from the app, the authorities have also introduced a fleet of pink patrol cars that will be stationed in strategic locations across the city like schools, colleges, offices etc. and will provide assistance to women in need. These GPS-enabled fleet has also been integrated with the app and hence can answer a woman’s distress call directly. The vehicles will be headed by female police officers.
During the unveiling of the app, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been quoted by Indian Express as saying, “There has been no respite from crimes against women and children. We promised that we will give top priority to fighting such crimes. As part of this initiative, 51 pink patrol vehicles are being introduced and the Suraksha app has been launched.”
The app can be downloaded here