The Memeza Community Policing Alarm
- Intelligent Pre-Paid GSM based Alarm system.
- Alarm links directly with SAPS, CPF, Patrollers and Street Committees!
- Communicates via SMS with Neighbors, family, street patrollers and CPF
- Controllable from your cell phone
- Very easy to use, even for kids, elderly and people with disabilities.
- 24 Hour Battery Life
- Solar panel available on request
- Unique sound, siren and strobe light
- The home alarm can be activated either manually through a remote control or automatically when an unlawful entry is gained into a house
- When triggered, the alarm’s system will generate SMS’s to the local police sector vans, CPF personnel and any other persons nominated by the home owner, and
- Simultaneously, the alarm’s bright red light will flash. That will enable SMS recipients and passers-by to easily identify the house where help is sought.
In 2012 the South African Police Service in the Honeydew Cluster approached the Innovation Hub, through the Centre for Public Service Innovation, with the view to seek solutions to the crime in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg. Three specific challenges faced by SAPS in Diepsloot, namely:
- that it takes up to 48 hours for a crime to be reported,
- that most crimes take place during the night during which the victims mobile phone is also stolen, and
- Late reporting of crime which significantly reduces the Police’s ability to arrest suspects.
Among many solutions developed at the Innovation Hub, the Memeza initiative came up as the best solution, also driven by the same need to pro-actively alert the police, in particular Visual and Sector Policing of an imminent crime.
In April 2014, SAPS Diepsloot was part of a team that tested the Memeza alarms at the Innovation Hub, Pretoria. The SAPS Diepsloot believes that when the system is finally implemented, it will benefit the community greatly.
The alarm was launched at the Innovation Hub on the 1st of April 2014, attended and endorsed by the MECs for Economic development, the Honourable Eric Xayiya and the then MEC for Community Safety, the Honourable Faith Mazibuko, and SAPS Gauteng.
Pilot in Diepsloot
- On the 1st of April 2014 Memeza formally announced their intentions to distribute Community Alarms in Diepsloot.
- On the 23rd of February 2015, the pilot project for the home alarms entered its first phase when the first of the 40 home alarms were installed in Sector two. That historic moment received TV coverage nationally.
- 600 Home Alarms in total will be deployed to Diepsloot and thus far the statistics show a significant reduction in crime.