Village Defense provides a real-time amber alert system for neighborhoods. Suspicious activity is reported to our 24/7 Hotline after calling 911. Our operators take the description and within seconds, the entire community will be notified simultaneously through text message, voice call, and email. Village Defense was created after founder Sharath Mekala’s home was broken into on the Westside of Atlanta. Since the launch in February 2010, Village Defense has been serving neighborhoods in Atlanta and Detroit, reducing home burglaries by up to 80%. In addition, Village Defense has been used to increase community engagement leading to increased participation at meetings and events. In October 2013, Village Defense officially launched its first international initiative called “Neighbourhood Watch 2.0″ in Bermuda to help reduce gang presence in the community.