A neighbourhood watch is a collection of people, usually an entire suburb, that decide to subscribe to an entity where they
share information on some communications platform such as WhatsApp about crime in their suburb so that they can do something
about it. With this crime countermeasure we can add a lot more sophistication because the communications platform is Telegram
and we can sort crime reporting according to category and subcategory. This makes it possible to search for specific types of
reports but also to set up a WATCH LIST that can notify you of only specific categories and subcategories of reports that is
of interest to you. Reports are also sorted according to COUNTRY, PROVINCE, CITY and SUBURB. When a new incident is reported
and successfully moderated every member of the neighbourhood watch that has set up a watch list that satisfies the parameters of
this incident will be notified with a Telegram message.
Use REPORT INCIDENT to report an incident. The DATE with time will automatically be logged at that moment although you can change it.
Then use CATEGORY and SUBCATEGORY to allocate your incident in such a way that it makes sense to everyone. Then use COUNTRY,
PROVINCE, CITY and SUBURB so that incidents can be sorted and easily retrieved by users. Use LOCATION to mark the exact location
on you mobile phone if it has geolocation capability so that Google Maps can be used by users to get a better picture of the
incident. Use DESCRIPTION to type in a description of the incident taking note that no profanity or discrimination will be
allowed. Use PICTURES to upload pictures of the incident if applicable. When you add pictures, you can supply a DESCRIPTION,
a CAPTION as well as a POSITION where this picture must appear in the the list of pictures if there are more than one picture.
Use STATUS to change the status of the incident that you are reporting from EDIT to MODERATE to indicate that you are finished
reporting the incident and that you now request your report to be moderated by the owner of the neighbourhood watch that you
Use REPORTS to view all reports from the neighbourhood watch that you belong to. You can fill in all or just some of the
parameters like CATEGORY, SUBCATEGORY, COUNTRY, PROVINCE, CITY or SUBURB depending on how wide you want to search for incidents.
Use SEARCH to launch the search and wait for the results to appear. The results will appear in pages of 5 items per page and you
can page through the results. Tap on an incident to view details such as the description or pictures.
Use WATCH LIST to set up a list of incidents you wish to be alerted of when they become available on the neighbourhood watch.
Once again you can for each list fill out all or some of the parameters like CATEGORY, SUBCATEGORY, COUNTRY, PROVINCE, CITY or
SUBURB. Every time an incident is filed and moderated successfully by the neighbourhood watch owner you will receive a Telegram
message describing the incident.
Neighbourhood watch owners will see 2 more options that will not be visible to their members and that is SETUP and MODERATE.
Use SETUP to set up a list of assistants that will help in the moderation of incoming incident reports. These will usually be
trusted members of the community. Just as with alerts you will set up a master list of ASSISTANTS and then use SCHEDULE to
indicate which assistants is on duty at that moment that must moderate incoming incident reports. Assistants can be of type
USER or ADMINISTRATOR. Assistants of type USER will only see the option MODERATE additionally on their mobiles but assistants
of type ADMINISTRATOR will see the same as the neighbourhood watch owner namely SETUP and MODERATE. So only users of type
ADMINISTRATOR can add or modify other assistants. Users that are allowed to moderate reports will receive a notification that
there is a new report waiting to be moderated.