Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenya Launches Online Portal for Crime Reporting

Kenyans can now report suspicious activities directly to the authorities through a new website launched Thursday (December 19th) by the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government.

Citizens can take a video or a pictures of security threats and upload them to the new website, dubbed Usalama Watch (usalamawatch.go.ke), and "authorities will take action", according to the ministry.

"UsalamaWatch will utilize various platforms especially social media, data and analytics to enhance the security of Kenyans at all times," the ministry said via Twitter. "UsalamaWatch is a complimentary platform to the already existing emergency reporting systems such as telephone numbers 112 and 999."

Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Joseph Ole Lenku said the website's launch was part of the 100-day Rapid Result Initiative for Security, according to Kenya's Capital FM.

"We want to go through a Rapid Result Initiative that the ministry in consultation with other stakeholders has developed to make sure we address arising security issues," Lenku said, adding that the police force intends to incorporate more information technology into its efforts to maintain security.

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