WINSLOW TOWNSHIP - The police department will be able to immediately contact homeowners and business owners in case of an emergency with the newly implemented The Incase system.

A personalized barcode on the door frame of a house or business, via an encrypted iPhone or Android app, helps police gain access to a database which stores the name and cell phone number, as well as any emergency contacts or other pertinent information from the homeowner, according to Capt. Richard Ostermueller.

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A one-time fee of $6 plus tax pays for the barcode and storage of information. Though it is accessible via an app, it doesn't mean that anyone who downlaods the app has access, Ostermueller said. The Incase  provides personal logins and passwords for each individual officer, which also allows the department to keep track of which officer has scanned which barcode.

The information of the presentation from The Incase came in "the day after we had a situation" in which a resident wasn't at home, Ostermueller said. "I was awake at night wondering if I should have kicked down the door."

But almost 24 hours later a family member was contacted and verified the resident was OK, he said. That convinced him the service was worth it.


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