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The Uganda Police Crime prevention department has launched an android app that allows smartphone users to report crime online and contact police authorities with ease.

The development was revealed in a tweet on Friday morning via the Police Force’s official Twitter account.

Dubbed Crime Preventer, the app requires android version 4.0 and up to be able to run on any smartphone. It is available on Google Play Store for free download.

The Police Force also assured concerned users about the development of an iOS version of the app to cater for users who own Apple products.

Among the different functions it can perform, Crime Preventer allows the user to report crime, get information about traffic flow, locate the nearest police station, contact police authorities, find out where a particular suspect is being held and gives latest relevant public information from Uganda Police Force.

Crime Preventer also provides information about key officers in the Police force and their respective official phone contacts to allow easy flow if information.

When contacted, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Emillian Kayima said he was not in position to comment about the app asking more time to find out.

The app has so far received striking reviews with users expressing anticipation that it will help curb crime rate especially in city centres.

Bonny Luswata, the Crime Prevention Coordinator for Central region says the app will go a long way in supporting community policing and polishing the relationship between police and the public.

“It will increase people’s responsibility over reporting crime to police thereby increasing police intervention and in turn curbing crime by three fold. I have loved it,” said Luswata.