HawkEye: Use Telangana Police App to report violations

HawkEye is an app by Telangana police to empower common man to become Citizen Police for better governance. This citizen friendly mobile app lets you be in touch with Police always!

You can also report violations using WhatsApp – click here to read about it.

HawkEye Features

The app has several features in addition to women’s safety while on travel and SOS button for accessing help in Emergencies. It encourages and facilitates the Citizen Police to report:

  • Traffic violations
  • Happening Crimes, Criminal information
  • Crime against woman
  • Violations by Police
  • Suggestions for Improved policing
  • Report Good Work done by Police
  • Register details of Servant/Worker/Tenant with Police
  • Enrolment for Community Policing
  • Access to all Contact Numbers of Telangana State Police at one place.
  • Status Report on Information furnished.

Download and Sign Up

The HawkEye app is available for android as well as iOS users.

Download for Android.

Download for iPhone.

Here are a few screenshots from an android device showing the sign up process. It should be very similar on the iPhones too.

Existing users can directly sign in. These screenshots are taking while signing up for a new account. There are options to sign in with Facebook or TAPP as well.

Hawk Eye Login Screen

The app needs basic details like the name, email address, phone number and a password to sign up.

Hawk Eye Signing Up
Hawk Eye Signing Up

A few prompts for permissions to use phone or camera will pop up. To upload photos, record video or make calls, you should “allow” the actions.

Hawk Eye Permissions
Hawk Eye Permissions

You then choose the commissionerate. In addition to the expected Hyderabad/ Cyberabad, there are few others listed.

Hawk Eye Commissionerate selection
Hawk Eye Commissionerate selection

Reporting Violations using HawkEye

This is the HawkEye home screen once the sign up and login activities are complete. You can see 11 options available on this screen. The first option to “report a violation” is used in the screenshots that follow to peek into the menu items.

Hawk Eye Home Screen
Hawk Eye Home Screen

You can see the photo, video and gallery provisions on the top. In my experience, the app crashed when I tried the photo or video options (to take pictures or video from within the app). However, the third option to upload images from the gallery worked fine. You can upload up to 5 images per report as proof of violation.

There are multiple categories listed in the first menu. Choose the appropriate one to reach the right team. We chose the “Traffic Violations” here to take a look at the sub-menu.

Hawk Eye Report a Violation
Hawk Eye Report a Violation

These are all the options availabe for you to choose and report. The list is long and therefore is displayed in two screenshots.

Hawk Eye Traffic Violation Types 1
Hawk Eye Traffic Violation Types 1
Hawk Eye Traffic Violation Types 2
Hawk Eye Traffic Violation Types 2

You now have the easiest and convenient means to play your role as Citizen Police to ensure safety, security and good governance for our society. After all, it’s everyone’s responsibility!

Have you reported any violations through the app? How was your experience?

How to report traffic violations through WhatsApp

Think twice before violating traffic rules when the police are not around. A fellow citizen might click a picture of you jumping a signal or riding without a helmet and send it to the traffic police. Afterall, if there is an option to use WhatsApp to report violations, we all know people would love to use it to the fullest!

Of late, Hyderabad traffic police have been getting information about traffic violations ‘with evidence’ from the public on social media.

You can report traffic violations to Hyderabad & Cyberabad Police through WhatsApp. Launched in 2015, many citizens actively use it to complain, report, suggest and update by sending information. It can be messages, images, and videos relating to Crime, Women Harassment, Eve teasing, Traffic, Law & Order, etc.

How to Report

As reported in the news by The Hindu here, Hyderabad Citizens can report the violation by posting the photographs of law-breakers on their official Facebook page and Twitter handle ‘HYDTP’.  You can also send it on WhatsApp to the traffic police on 9010203626. WhatsApp Cyberabad number 9490617444 is listed here.

“While uploading the photographs of the violators, they must mention the type of violation, location, date and time, so that we can forward the same to official concerned for issuing e-challans with evidence,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said, adding that registration number of the vehicle must be visible in the photographs.

How to Check Your Violations and Pay Fines Online

Do you know you can check online to see if there are any challans agains your vehicles? You can also pay the fines and clear those online. Detailed instructions are provided here.

 

2017 complaints summary

There are videos making rounds about earning points and converting those into cash deposits, but am not sure if that’s true in Hyderabad. The Award-winning initiative in Goa rewards the contributors with a two-wheeler and has received much appreciation and accolades.

 

Have you reported any violations so far? How was your experience?