New app to curb crime, Ballito

Keane Roberts, a Salt Rock resident, has tried to develop ways to best reduce the crime rate in Ballito and establish convenient emergency platforms.

The 22-year-old Roberts is trying to get the public aware of an app called Zello, where he has created an emergency channel for Ballito and surrounding areas.

Zello works as a two-way radio and enables live and immediate communication.

“I established a Whatsapp group with more than 250 members, called Ballito 911 comms mainly because I want to help people. I have always worked in jobs that have enabled me to do exactly that. Previously, I worked as a fireman. I understand how difficult it is for people to communicate when we are in an emergency situation and I would like to assist in making that easier using technology.

“Although the Whatsapp group has helped people to get assistance when needed, it is not always convenient.

“An example of this is when someone is in an emergency situation and is too panicked to type a message.

“Zello allows for immediate communication through voice recording,” said Roberts.


Keane Roberts believes he can help the community unite against crime with the Zello app.

Keane Roberts believes he can help the community unite against crime with the Zello app.


The Zello app supports Android, iPhone, Windows and Blackberry.

It can be downloaded from Google Play or the relevant phones’ app store and uses minimal data.

Once the app is downloaded onto the phone, you register with your email address and contact details.

You then search for the channel, Ballito 911 comms.

A pop up will appear with the details on how to get the password.

Once you have the password you will be a member of the group where you will receive any messages posted to the channel or you could send messages to anyone in the channel, via voice recording.

Admin will then notify emergency services or people nearby may be able to assist.

“The main goal is to try and get as many people in our town to download the app to report incidents and have help sent where needed as soon as possible,” said Roberts.

For the password and further information send  an email to


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