Police turns to WhatsApp for security tips


Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police, Mr. Hurana Isabirye, has called upon residents of Kampala to exploit the social media for security benefits by creating groups where they can exchange security tips and in case of attack at one member the rest of the group can alert Police to rescue their colleague.

“I would urge you to form a Whatsapp group specifically for security, where you can exchange security information, if your home or your neighbour is attacked, you can alert Police or you, who is attacked, you can alert your colleagues on the group to come to your rescue or call the Police, or you can link your group to any Police Officer who can come to your rescue,” CP Isabirye made this remarks on Thursday while meeting all the LCs and Councilors of Nakawa Division at Community Hall, Naguru.

He said that with this kind of grouping there will be no need for people to report to Police.

He said some residents of Kololo have started using whatsapp system.

He urged residents who don’t have smartphones to form a system called phone tree, “where 10 homes come together by get telephone numbers of each home and in case of any problem, the one who is attacked can inform the rest of the members who will come to his/her rescue. You will be knowing, who your members are, what they do, what time do they come back home, when something stranger is happening around their homes, you will be able to alert them.”

CP Isabirye said that he has started a crusade where he wants to meet all the LCs of Kampala Metropolitan and find ways of how to improve security in Kampala.

“We have strengthened security in Kampala and we have done this in partnership with you (LCs), LCs have done a lot in securing this city,” he said.

LCs praised the Police for securing and reducing crime rate in the city.

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