LAHORE: The investigation wing of Lahore police has launched a mapping programme to identify the most dangerous areas and tackle crime.
Police officials have been given Smartphones, loaded with an application designed by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and taught how to use it to map crime. The board has handed out 83 phones, one to each police station.
Crime Records Office SP Mustafa Hameed Malik said three or four Police Record and Office Management Information System personnel at each station had been taught to use the smartphone app which allows policemen to enter the FIR number, date of crime, time, description and area of jurisdiction, as well as pictures of the crime scene and the complainant, and mark it on a Google map of Lahore using the GPS in the phone.
The data is stored directly to the PITB database web server in real time, accessible to the Investigations DIG and the CRO SP.
A source at the PITB said the main database server shows Google maps marked with the crime data sent from the field by police on their smartphones.
A satellite view from 300 metres above ground level shows the place and name of the crime committed.
A bubble appears at the spot and upon clicking it the user can see the data entered about the crime and the pictures.