In recent times, technology has played a significant role in helping reduce street crime in India. With the rise of digitalization and the increase in technology in our daily lives, law enforcement and government authorities have been able to leverage various technological tools, including AI tools, CCTV surveillance, mobile applications, and more, to effectively combat street crime in the country. With the rise in crime rates, technology’s involvement has been helping combat such street crime rates.
With the widespread installation of CCTV cameras across cities and towns in India, it has become one of the most prominent ways to reduce street crime. CCTV cameras have proven to be a valuable tool in detecting crimes such as theft, vandalism, and assaults. This security tool is strategically placed in areas with high crime rates and round-the-clock monitoring by law enforcement agencies and has led these agencies to penalise and deter potential from committing crime for fear of being caught on camera footage.
With the prevalent usage of mobile phones, mobile applications have been specifically developed to help citizens report crime for a quicker and efficient response in emergencies. Such apps allow citizens to report crime anonymously, encouraging citizens to help reduce crime and not fear law enforcement. In addition to reporting crime, such apps also provide emergency contact numbers and help in sending out alerts in case of major incidents in their vicinity.
Another modernised aspect of technology is the use of AI, which uses facial recognition software, licence plate recognition systems, and other predicative policing tools. These tools enable law enforcement agencies to identify potential offenders and take proactive measures to prevent crimes. These facial recognition software programmes have helped police identify criminals, track them in real-time, and arrest them.
Technology can be both a boon and a bane. With a substantial rise in technology, there has been a subsequent rise in cybercrime and online fraud. Digital forensics has become an essential tool used by law enforcement to combat cybercrimes. This tool enables law enforcement agencies to retrieve important information such as call logs, messages, location data, and more, which can be used as evidence in court to help convict criminals.
Law enforcement agencies have been using this technology to track and stop vehicles and other stolen property, making it easier to recover this stolen property. GPS tracking also helps track cab rides and helps keep women safe at odd hours of the night.
In conclusion technology has played a vital role in reducing street crime in India. The widespread installation of CCTV cameras, the development of mobile applications, smart policing, and digital forensics are some of the ways in which technology has contributed to making our streets safer. However, it is important to note that technology alone cannot solve the problem of street crime. It needs to be complemented with effective law enforcement policies and community engagement initiatives to create a safer and more secure environment for all citizens.