Smartphone App for Public to Report Crime Anonymously

Smartphone App for Public to Report Crime Anonymously

By Gov CIO Outlook | Thursday, September 19, 2019

The NYPD has launched a free smartphone app that is supported by Apple iOS and Android devices for anyone to anonymously report crimes to the Crime Stoppers program.

FREMONT, CA:  The New York Police Department, with the help of the New York City Police Foundation, has rolled out a smartphone app, called CS-NYC app for the public to anonymously report crimes to the Crime Supporters program. It is a free mobile app that can be installed in android devices and Apple iOS. The app can be downloaded from Google Play Store or the online Apple store. This new app is the latest high-tech advance that allows anybody from anywhere in the city to provide anonymous tips to the police. The mission of the new launch is to make the Crime Stoppers program more broadly accessible electronically.

The app is being utilized by Crime Stoppers unit, housed at NYPD headquarters comprising 20 staffs, and it is considered as the evolution of the unit moving into the 21st century. The Crime Stoppers unit handles tips coming from the five boroughs regarding all sorts of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to sexual assaults and homicides. As an added advantage, crimes can also be reported on the Crime Stoppers hotline, dialing a number, social media channels, and Crime Stoppers website. The app works such that once it is downloaded, the users can prefer the language and fill out a form that displays on the phone screen. And then the tipster can give details of the crime and possible suspects. Followed by report filing, a secret code is generated for and is given to the user for future reference or to collect any rewards. 

It is a two-way dialog app with built-in features to attach a video of the crime to the app message, which was initially impossible with text message allowing anonymity for the tipster. The video is treated as an asset and is sent to the Crime Stoppers unit or the detectives almost instantaneously. After analyzing the video for its importance, detectives will then release the images for the public. Also, the tipster cannot be traced via his telephone number or computer URL, assuring anonymity.

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