Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday launched Suraksha App for the safety of women in the state capital.
Suraksha app is a fully integrated personal safety app introduced by the Bengaluru City Police to help women in emergencies. “I am very happy this app has been launched finally. I have been telling the police to give importance to women safety,’’ Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters here.
The App can be downloaded free of cost on android and iOS phones and aims at reaching to the rescue of women in distress in least possible time as it connected to all the Pink Hoysala patrol vehicles and police control room. The App has an option to register two numbers of the persons the user wants to inform during emergencies.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara on Monday flagged off 51 Pink Hoysala patrol vehicles. Each vehicle will be manned by three police women. They will operate near schools, women’s colleges, offices, temples, shopping malls, theatres and sensitive areas in the city.
These vehicles are equipped with global positioning system (GPS) units and cameras for the staff at police control rooms to monitor the camera feed. “We have identified the sensitive locations in the city. Pink Hoyasala patrol vehicles will function like any ordinary Hoyasala patrol vehicle. Pink Hoyasala patrol vehicle will have minimum one woman staff,’’ Praveen Sood, Bengaluru Police Commissioner, said.
With the launch of 51 Pink Hoyasala vehicles, the number of patrol vehicles in Bengaluru has gone up to 272. The hoysala can be contacted through Suraksha App which can be downloaded on smartphones. The app requires a citizen to provide their name and contact numbers of two persons who can be reached in case of any eventuality. The application is available on both Android and iOS platforms.
When the person in distress presses the app's button five times, an intimation along with location will be sent to the nearest response team. The Suraksha app will send out signals to the command centre which will dispatch police teams for help.
The location of the person in distress can be found through a live vehicle tracking system. The staff at the command centre would also communicate the message to the nearest police station to extend help to the pink hoysala staff if needed, according to the city police.
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