Wi-Fi Enabled Posters Deliver Police Messages in London
Published on: 16th Dec 2011
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Police in London UK are deploying Wi Fi enabled posters encouraging people to download a message about safety during the Christmas party season.
In the first campaign of its kind by the Metropolitan Police, the technology is being used to deliver rape prevention and personal safety messages to those out enjoying the lead-up to Christmas.
The activity is taking place in the vicinity of popular venues within the boroughs of Westminster, Camden, Southwark and Lambeth including Ministry of Sound, Proud Galleries, The Trocedero Centre and Infernos nightclub.
The wi-fi technology is advertised via posters in the area requesting that mobile phone users switch on their wi-fi capability. Alerts are then sent to phones asking the user to download a police message.
This is the first occasion within the MPS whereby this type of technology has been utilised as a tool to issue crime prevention advice. The targeted activity is being carried out purposely in the run up to Christmas, when there tends to be an increase in the night time economy as people celebrate the festive period.
In addition to the wi-fi activity, Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, PCSOs and Safer Transport officers will be in the vicinity of the selected venues handing out leaflets re-iterating the wi-fi messages; as well as talking to members of the public about the purpose of the activity and providing general advice around staying safe.