New smart phone app lets you report crimes with a touch of a button

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by DANIELLE GRANT & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 8:31 PM

SPOKANE -- A new smart phone app lets you report crimes with the touch of a button.  It instantly sends video, photos and tips to law enforcement.  The new technology could be coming to Spokane.

Phil Kiver works with Crime Push.  It is a new app that hopes to catch criminals in their tracks.  Right now, they work with more than 50 Sheriff's Offices across the country.  With the app, citizens can snap photos and send videos of suspicious activity.

"There is a segment of the population that will be more inclined to report crime if they know there's anonymity," said Kiver.  "So they can send in video without authorities knowing where that came from."

The idea is, if you see something, send something.  It ranges from reporting a pot hole to suspecting your neighbor is selling illegal drugs.  Detectives said getting visual evidence of the crime can help.
 
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office hopes to use the app to gather information rather than real-time 911 emergencies.  More than 1,000 tips have come through the app.  Some of them helped to solve cases.
 
You can search for Crime Push in your iTunes and Android markets.  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office reminds people if there is a crime in progress or life is in danger, immediately call 911.

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