Wednesday January 30, 2013
New e-magazine 'Beyond' to arm readers with crime prevention tips
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and AUSTIN CAMOENS
PETALING JAYA: The creators of the MyDistress app have come up with a free e-magazine which gives tips on crime prevention.
Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Hamzah launched the e-mag Beyond yesterday.
“The printed version of Beyond was published in 2011 but because of cost constraints, distribution was limited.
“Now that it is available as a smartphone app, the readership will be wider, not only in Selangor but across the nation,” he said after attending the launch and a campus policing event at Sunway University here.
“It is a norm for each police district to have a bulletin on its events and happenings but we wanted to try something different.
“Readers can not only learn about crime and criminal behaviour but also tips on how to avoid criminals,” he said.
DCP Tun Hisan welcomed contributions to the magazine and said people could e-mail Deputy Supt Mohamed Mohsein Mohamed Zon.
DSP Mohamed Mohsein said the e-magazine runs on an app-based software available for Apple and Android phones.
“Users just have to download the PDRM Selangor app to access it,” he said.
Barely minutes after the launch, students at Sunway University began subscribing to Beyond, which is produced in partnership with Convep Mobilogy Sdn Bhd
Syahira Khan, 18, said the app connected well with the younger generation.
“The e-magazine is a great idea especially in the age of smartphones,” she said.
V. Kularetnam, 18, added that the app had the potential to bridge the gap between the police and the younger generation.
“Most youths now have smartphones and are on Twitter and Facebook regularly.
“The e-magazine also has nice design and layout,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tan Chee Lin, 19, said Beyond was a good way to spread awareness on crime and policing.
“I have heard about the MyDistress app and the e-magazine will arm readers with the latest information,” she said.