Kakamega County combating crime using mobile phone texts messages

Kakamega County security committee has introduced short message servicing (SMS) to increase citizen engagement in the war against crime.

County Commissioner (CC), Harry Thuku who chairs the committee said the new digital communication platform has increased crime tips from the community and the number of citizens communicating with his office and the police without fear of intimidation.

Speaking on Wednesday in his boardroom during a departmental heads meeting, Thuku said the SMS /text message service will strengthen communication between the community and the government.

He said that the platform, when used effectively, will go a long way in reducing crime by offering the community various ways to provide timely information to aid in the efficient prevention and solving of crimes.

He added that citizens are now able to submit tips through the mobile SMS user friendly service dubbed ‘Mulika Uhalifu’ instead of calling or reporting the tip in person.

He said the messages are submitted directly and acted upon immediately and crime rates, rape cases and corruption incidents have gone down by more than 50 percent since inception.

The SMS service costs one shilling only and has empowered citizens, expanded its outreach and is immensely helping the government achieve its goals.

He called on residents who are yet to embrace the new platform to do so assuring them that it will be beneficial to all in the end.

He urged Kakamega County residents to report crime using the new Mulika Uhalifu technology via their mobile handsets.

They should go to messages, write, kak, message, location, sub-location, village, then send to 22060.

SOURCE: Kenya News Agency