We just came across a site, Policevrp.com that enables Nigerians check for their stolen vehicles online. The website is an initiative of the Nigerian Police Force and is an example of how ICT can help solve coordination problems in the Government. We have not tested out the service and as such can not vouch for its effectiveness but here are some features we think you might be interested in:
– Nigerians can report stolen vehicles via SMS. If the vehicle is recovered a text message is sent back to the person confirming retrieval
– The website publishes a list of stolen cars submitted via SMS on the web so fellow Nigerians can help track the stolen cars down. In addition, the website promises a reward for citizens who assist others in tracking down their stolen vehicles
– The website publishes a list of stolen vehicles that were later found. Interestingly, there are a list of vehicles on this page. Recovered cars include stolen Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords among others.
What do you think about the website?