Beating crime in Singapore one phone app at a time

Beating crime in Singapore one phone app at a time

Low crime does not mean no crime in Singapore: The Police@SG phone app allows residents and visitors to stay one step ahead of the bad guys
Bad guys beware, the Police@SG app will track you down.

Singapore may be a country where iPhones are used to reserve spots at hawker centers, and violent crime is rare, but you can never be too safe.

Residents and visitors to the island can now get the latest crime alerts and advice on their iPhones and iPads.

Called Police@SG, the new (and free) app can be downloaded from the iTunes Store or from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Facebook page.

The app allows users to view the crime statistics around their neighborhood -- because you never know where the bad guys are lurking -- and receive information on missing persons.

For tourists, there's information on which government agency deals with what issues, emergency numbers, and location-based information, like where the nearest police station is; handy when you're bleary-eyed at 4 a.m. and missing a wallet.

There's also a phone-tracking function which takes you to the SPF Web site, where you can enter a handset's IMEI number to find out if it has been reported stolen.

At present, 6,000 people have downloaded the app, which for now remains only for iPhones and iPads. A police spokesperson has said that an Android version is being looked into.

So for now, Android and BlackBerry users, please remain vigilant and steer clear of dark alleyways.

You have been warned.