Hotel Watch, also knows as Hotel Eye, is a new android application launched last year to facilitate digital policing for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police by speeding up surveillance and verification at hundreds of hotels in Peshawar.
it is a criminal record and counter-check database of criminals including suspects wanted by the police and other law enforcing agencies.
The app has so far helped check the records of 68,218 people in 233 hotels registered with the system. Since its launch in June last year, it has helped detain at least 61 wanted persons.
“The app aids in the 24/7 monitoring of Peshawar hotels. A Hotel Watch Desk has been established at the control room East Cantonment Police Station which submits a weekly report to the CCPO office in the Central Police Offices in Peshawar,” he said.
Initially, the hoteliers resisted registering with the app, but after multiple awareness sessions, the police managed to power through and convince owners on its proposed security benefits.
At the same time, random hotel inspections are carried out under the law and hotels violating the law in data sharing are warned of legal proceedings.
The idea of developing the application was first formed during operations against militants in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and former Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Criminals moving between cities preferred to stay at low and mid-tier hotels instead of personal visits with families to avoid police encounters. But the Hotel Watch application is a powerful deterrent to criminals looking to find refuge at any of Peshawar’s registered hotels.