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Ugandan Startup “Yunga” Rolls Out Community Policing System

In a bid to enhance community policing, a group of young innovators have rolled out a support system to boost neighborhood watch in order to reduce crime especially in residential places.

It remains a fact that most of the violent crimes and attacks are committed on homes across the country and the challenge remains unchecked.

According the innovators, the system is aimed at solving the country’s complex puzzle of community security.

On Sunday, Yunga in conjunction with Kigoowa Police post  launched the system and Kigowa Zone one village in Nakawa division was selected as the pilot area.

Kigowa Zone one was also selected because it is among the areas where residents have embraced neighborhood watch.

The system is made up of developed portable devices and mobile applications through which people in a home or staying in neighboring houses (apartments, gated homes, among others.) can instantly communicate together in case of a security breach.

It is an alarm system which notifies all neighbors with installed devices in case of an attack, intrusion or emergency.

It then connects the attacked home to a reliable rapid response unit like the nearest police in case the matter escalates.

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Speaking at the launch of the modern system, the officer in charge of Kigoowa police post ASP Wegulu Moses urged locals in his jurisdiction to embrace the new system.

He said that if embraced, it will also help to reduce on the workload of the few officers in the area.

According to Nasser Kaweesa, the Electronic Designer of Yunga, they ensure that the security gadgets are fixed at soft security spots on the premises.

The gadgets include motion sensors and doorbell accessories.

He added that once the security system is installed, it is their responsibility to make sure the community is attached to a response security agency like police or private security company.

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