Help Police Track Crime on Your Cell Phone

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- If you have ever witnessed a crime, but were too scared to call 911 you may want to download a new Smartphone app—it’s a new way to fight crime with a push of a button.

It's called “Crime Push.” It was developed by three guys out of Washington D.C. Police departments and schools across the country are signing up to use the free app.

The idea is simple: instead of picking up the phone to call 911, Android and iPhone users can just take a picture of the scene, record a video, or send a text message to police. The information is sent anonymously. Police would then receive something like an email to give them the information. The app--for now--is free to download and it's free for police departments and schools to use.

You can download the application now to see what it looks like, but beware it doesn't work in Rockford yet. The police department has the option to use the program, but it was just rolled out last week and local law enforcement hasn't signed on yet.

Schools in Northern Virginia will be the first to use the app next week. The Winnebago County 911 center says it has looked into using the application, but it isn't sure it could work here.

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