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Seguridad Inalámbrica (Wireless Security) – Strengthening Crime Mapping through Telecommunications Technology in El Salvador

Seguridad Inalámbrica uses our 3G technology to enable law enforcement and municipal government personnel to increase public safety through the mapping and sharing of information on crimes as they occur. The new system provides participants with mobile- and web-based applications that allow municipalities to both map and analyze real-time crime data. This system of collecting, sharing and mapping crime information is currently being used successfully in several municipalities and has the potential to be implemented in other cities in El Salvador and countries in the region.


Impact

  • The Corps of Metropolitan Agents (CAM), the National Civilian Police (PNC), and observatories in six municipalities have access to mobile and web-based crime mapping and reporting databases.
  • More than 11,000 total reports have been submitted using the system. Of the reports submitted, 97 percent have been reviewed and approved by website monitors in each municipality.
  • 588 law enforcement agents have been trained in the use of the Seguridad Inalámbrica crime reporting and mapping system.
  • Incident information reported by law enforcement agents is available immediately to the municipal observatories on an interactive platform. Prior to the project implementation, data were sent on a monthly basis to the observatories by either the PNC or CAM.
  • In 2014, an evaluation of the system showed that municipalities were using the data to adjust deployment of law enforcement resources and improve crime prevention programs. For example, San Salvador increased combined municipal and national police patrols in hot spots based on locations and times identified by the data.
  • The Seguridad Inalámbrica system was developed with free and open source software making it an attainable solution for crime reporting and mapping. Affordable costs encourage local sustainability and scalability.