Posts Tagged ‘Cell Phones’

Daily DC Item: Even The Homeless Need Cell Phones

What was an interesting Washington Post story on how even those without homes still are connected with cell phones, yielded a really interesting photo:

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Gwendolyn Bell and her cell phone (Marvin Joseph - The Washington Post)

It’s a real sign of the times of how much technology has seeped into our society- according to the article 30%-45% of DC’s homeless have cell phones.

Now before you start wondering how those that cannot afford a place to live can afford a phone- you have to think of the state of technology in terms of price point. Remember when a Motorola Razr cost hundreds of dollars? Now it’s next to nothing- it’s the free phone you get when you sign up for a cell phone plan.

Boy how our world has changed!

Fight DC Crime With Your Cell Phone

I’ve written before about crime around DC and now it appears that there will be a new way of getting the latest alerts and information on your cell phone. Head on over to 72hours.dc.gov and you can sign up to receive text messages and e-mails informing you of breaking news crime alerts in The District.

Other nearby towns and counties have similar alert systems that inform users about traffic and weather but the “D.C. Police Alert” will also include summaries of recent crimes and suspects. Beats reading Police Log in the paper.

I read an article on this new technology in the Washington Post and I have to say that I’m rather impressed with the level of communication the Police are taking with the community. I think it’s a step in the right direction as they work on making the District a safer place. What really caught my eye is that this system was done not through a lawmaker’s bill or internal recommendation- but through Georgetown business owner Ed Solomon who was a victim of a robbery and decided to push the town into distributing information faster. Solomon’s efforts is a real example of what one person can do to contribute to the greater good.

What else does DC need to do to address the crime problem? Technologies like D.C. Police Alert will certainly be helpful but what other steps need to be taken to make our home a safer place?

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