Monrovia – With crime and deaths due to the lack of medical emergencies at an all-time high in Liberia, a new mobile app technology being launched Monday is aiming to introduce an emergency 911-style service with the goal of helping Liberians deal with everyday crimes and emergency situations.
An annual report by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), created by the US Secretary of State to promote an open dialogue between the U.S. Government and the American private sector on security issues abroad, has listed Liberia at Level 1, indicating travelers should exercise normal precautions. Exercise increased caution in urban areas and public beaches due to crime.
Crime at Critical Level
The U.S. Department of State has assessed Monrovia as being a CRITICAL-threat location for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Crime remained at a critical level throughout the country in 2019, owing to growing public discontent with Liberia’s faltering economy. Reports of home and residential compound invasions increased, as did violent robberies in populated areas. Crimes resulting in the use of lethal force have also increased. Crimes of this nature tend to target local nationals, not foreigners. Violent crimes consist of robberies, burglaries, muggings, and assaults. The perpetrators, usually carrying a knife or firearm, often use force even when the victim complies with the assailant’s demands, a practice that was uncommon during previous years. According to the report, home invasions continue to plague local nationals at higher levels; particularly in outlying areas of Monrovia lacking community security organizations. Most home invasions occur overnight, between 0100-0400, and usually involve multiple armed assailants using a combination of homemade guns or semi-automatic weapons. The dawn of the My Watchman app is looking to change those perceptions. The app is a registered trademark of Advanced Converged Technologies LLC (ACT), a technology company with regional offices Liberia. It is a reliable, easy to use SOS / 911 Mobile App with 24/7 secured monitoring and emergency dispatch command center,” says Oliver Wleh Klark Jr. Chief Founder and Executive Officer of Advanced Advanced Converged Technologies LLC.
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