Prevent police from removing a report.
Police have caught on to Waze. They always click "not there" when someone reports them in Waze. An easy way to keep that from happening is to only allow the "not there" response from a moving vehicle. That way the stationary cop can't delete the report.
Pat Trainor commented
Good plan. If google will allow a police vehicle to be identified as present, then they can't complain about a feature to ensure the information is [still] valid. I could easily write a function that would detect a status change back & forth over a short period of time, but they haven't asked me to code for them.
Another approach is to delay 'not there' as an option for a progressively longer period of time. So the first time it can be cancelled within a minute, but if re-added withing x minutes, then disable the 'not there' status switch for something like 5 minutes. The next meddling, it waits 30 mins, you get the idea. Nobody is going to complain about a warning being old (false positive), but everyone will complain about meddling with the service.
This could be in addition to the above user suggestion, as a stopped vehicle could be at a light, or traffic on road so close waze can't pin-point you.
Paul Manning commented
Great idea, never thought they did that. But of course they do.
Rudi K commented
100% agree with the issue! I noticed in Switzerland that I reported multiple time a hidden camera and it “disappeared”.
I would say that Waze could disregard feedback from user that on report “no longer there”. As policemen will not flag cameras…
Legend ! commented
Very good thinking Bob👍
Legend ! commented
Bob that’s a highly intelligent comment 👍
This is true , it is happening in Dublin, Ireland too
I suggest putting a time limit on the police alert. It stays for 20-30 minutes, then there is the option to remove it. The highway bandits (cops) are definitely doing this. I live in Texas and alerts I've posted have disappeared within a couple minutes of posting them.
Traveling from Milwaukee to Madison the 4 police alerts I posted were removed as soon as I put them up
Josh Methven commented
Police are removing warnings about them as they sit idle in their spot to avoid detection of us Waze users. I think police warnings once placed should act on a timer expirey system; permanently placed for at least 3 hours once reported and then it's auto removed. That way cops can't cheat this amazing feature and at least after the 3 hours or so another user has to re report thier spot. So both parties get a "chance" without the game going back and forth between users reporting, cops removing, on and off again...
From experience I have encountered police officers, who happen to be users, who will "not there" themselves when reported. I recommend a time assignment for the report instead (30 min for the initial report then a confirmation box rather than the "not there" option) to combat this tendency.
Leonardo Lombardi commented
I don't get why there is a police report feature in the first place.
What's the reason for reporting? To alert someone that is committing a crime, so he doesn't get caught. This is wrong.
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