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New Mobile App Helps Citizens Report Crimes by email

Date: 2012-02-22
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CrimePush has launched an innovative new crime-reporting and personal safety app for the iPhone and Android marketplace. With a few intuitive clicks, community members can now report crimes, medical emergencies, or other threatening situations to their local authorities at the push of a button. Because of the smartphone’s unique capabilities this app can discretely send alerts that include detailed GPS coordinates, photos, text, and even video.

"This fast and discrete channel for crime-reporting will empower citizens of all ages with the tools they need to help build safer communities,” said Shy Pahlevani, CEO of CrimePush.  “Utilizing a phone's built-in technology to capture the evidence, CrimePush makes it easier than ever report crimes should a threat arise."

To use CrimePush, smartphone users first need to download the application from the iTunes or Android marketplace.   Once installed on their phone, the user fills out a user information page.  If the user witnesses a crime, they simply click on the corresponding crime icon, enter the crime description, and include photo, video, or audio recording evidence of the scene. When finished, press "Push to Report" and the information is on its way to the authorities!

9-1-1MAGAZINE.com asked CrimePush for some additional details concerning their product relative to receipt of these crime reports at the proper police department/9-1-1 center for the sender's location.  For example, how does this application know which law enforcement agency to send the crime report to?  “We are creating a data base of law enforcement agencies that have agreed to accept our crime alerts,” said Meghan Tisinger on behalf of CrimePush. “As more agencies work with us, we will have a larger database for our end-users to report to.”

In the event the sender is traveling through a different jurisdiction when they need to report a crime, CrimePush is creating a geo-locator feature where, based on the user’s current GPS, the app will find the closest agency from our database of agencies.”

Rather than simply sending data, CrimePush allows for a 2-way email communication between the sender and the 9-1-1 Center to allow additional questions to be asked by the dispatcher. “The CrimePush application’s 2-way communication system allows a 9-1-1 operator or receiving officer to send back a case number or notification that an officer is an route,” said Tisinger.  “Or the recipient of the Crime alert may also call the citizen back for further questioning since the user's phone number is provided with the report.”

No special technology is necessary for a 9-1-1 Center or Police Department to receive crime reports from CrimePush.  “Currently, it’s a very simple set up,” Tisinger explained. “All the agency needs to have is an email account.”  That email account will find its way into CrimePush’s database.

Before this application can be properly used, however, law enforcement agencies will have to partner with the company in order to accommodate reporting via the CrimePush system.  In the meantime, however, customers should be aware that the number of law enforcement agencies that can accept reports via the CrimePush system will be limited.

9-1-1MAGAZINE.com supports this kind of technology in the spirit of NENA’s “anywhere, anytime, any device” and suggests agencies expecting to receive crime reports via CrimePush develop a procedure to process them.

For more information, see: www.CrimePush.com

- Product Profiles /9-1-1magazine.com (via CrimePush, 2/1/12)

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