Retailers such as Gun City have worked hard to crowd-source justice by involving Facebook. Now the police will buy rights to use software for retailers to file electronic reports directly to them.
The software enables retailers to complete incident reports and provide relevant information to police about thefts including shoplifting and petrol drive offs, and other incidents.
The information can be shared between retailers to prevent further offending.
A Police National Headquarters spokeswoman said all information shared through the Auror portal was automatically forwarded to the police crime reporting line.
Retailers were saved a trip to their local police station to file a report but it was still received and investigated.
“As well as images of offenders, retailers can provide vehicle registrations, images of associates, modus operandi, products targeted, time, day and location,” the spokeswoman said.
“Behind the scenes, Auror provides relevant intelligence to police to assist in effective and efficient retail crime prevention. This allows police to detect offence and offender patterns, and to target repeat offenders — often for offences spanning across police districts.”
The important thing is for those subscribing to the system to feel they aren’t just sending their reports into a black hole. Sufficient resources must be assigned to actually derive benefit from it instead of keeping the public at arms length. Right now, these retailers go to Facebook because they get results. And then they give that information to the police… and what happens? Read more »