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Report Crime is something thats been in the back of my mind for a while now and 6 months ago, If not longer I decided to implement it. It will be an on-going project that I really want to get off the ground. Its a community based crime notification and awareness tool. It’s currently a free service and I intend to keep it that way. However it needs to look after itself financially in the end, and that would be supported by advertisers.
My main focus rite now is to build up users for the site, Ive already started advertising on Facebook. I originally tested the idea by putting up a very simple crime logging system, and the response I got from advertising though Google was very good. However that system had no methods in place to track users. It was extremely simple and was setup in less than a week, I wonder if the current system is too complex and the key to its success is to be ridiculously simple.
Look at Craigs list, as ugly as hell as there is no styling and no js, but that makes it fast and is one of the most successful sites around the world.
Please click HERE to visit Derrick’s site to read more and HERE to visit the Report Crime-site where you can also report a crime if you know about one!
I think this kind of site is the first in the world and I personally think it is great! I’m in contact with Frederic on Twitter – his twitter-name is Deighardt and through him I got to know about this site which is his cousin’s mastermind – Derrick. I hope people will find it useful and use it too as it is a great tool to even report crime too. Planning to visit South Africa…check out this site for crime hotspots! Planning to travel…from Pretoria to Durban…or wherever…check it out. You know of any crime…report it! You can even search for places in South Africa or set up an email/sms-alert. This is what we need in our country…maybe all over the world!
It’s a shame that crime is such an issue in South Africa. We have a beautiful country…as many visitors have said what these two also say…
This is my second week in South Africa. What a stunningly beautiful country. The people are diverse and lovely. The food is fabulous. The vistas are varied and magnificent…Diana Mason…June 2009 from http://ajnoffthecharts.com
South Africans know how to put relationships ahead of tasks. You can stop by someone’s house for coffee ,and even if they were on their way to the store, they will stop everything and spend an hour with you. Feb 2010 -An American in Pretoria…http://anamericaninpretoria.blogspot.com