The first Memeza Community Safety Home Alarm was installed in Diepsloot extension two earlier today (Monday). The South African Police Service in Diepsloot and Memeza Crime Prevention are partnering to pilot the home alarm over the next six months.
Last year the local police and Memeza distributed over two thousand personal safety alarms to the residents of Diepsloot.
The home alarm can be activated either manually through a remote control or automatically when an unlawful entry is gained into a house. When triggered, the alarm’s system will generate SMS’s to the local police sector vans, CPF personnel and any other persons nominated by the home owner. Simultaneously, the alarm’s bright red light will flash. That will enable SMS recipients and passers-by to easily identify the house where help is sought.
The conception of the home alarm is a result of Major General Oswald Reddy’s Honeydew Police Cluster being concerned about domestic violence related crimes and break-ins in Diepsloot. It was noticed that the perpetrators’ modus operandi includes the incapacitation and isolation of victims through seizing their cellphones. That necessitated the use of other forms of technology to empower victims of crime.
The Centre For Public Service Innovation was approached and subsequently, with the assistance of the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, Memeza Crime Prevention was roped in to partner with Diepsloot Police.
We are appealing to the local community to take care of their home alarms and activate them only in emergency situations.
Source : South African Police Service