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Crime Push App Can Cut Crime Via Your Smartphone

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on February 07, 2012 8:08 AM

Ever wish you could report crime on your smartphone? Now you can. The Crime Push app offers a new way to get in touch with police.

With a few simple taps, you can send officers a wide array of information.

The application will allow you to include the location of the crime, any photos, audio, or video. You can also send in a text description. All of this information is sent to police officers who can then pursue the culprits.

The app was developed by DC man Shy Pahlevani. He was inspired to create Crime Push after his own run-ins with criminals. He was robbed multiple times on the streets of our nation's capitol.

You may wonder why an application like Crime Push is even necessary. There is always the option to go ahead and dial 911.

However, as Forbes pointed out, there are times when calling 911 wouldn't really produce the best results.

Imagine if you're walking down a darkened street. You happen upon a group of individuals who are dealing drugs. They don't see you, and you want to keep it that way. Calling 911 immediately wouldn't be prudent. It might reveal your presence to the criminals. But using your smartphone and entering in a few quick statements to police while you hurry away? It's relatively silent.

Plus there are features of the Crime Push app that may prove useful to authorities. This includes attaching video, audio, and photos of the event to your alert.

App developers have already fostered ties with Washington, DC's Metropolitan Police Department, Fairfax and Loudoun County school boards, and several DC-area colleges, according to Forbes.

However, citizens shouldn't just rely on Crime Push. As one local police department found, sometimes complaints can get lost. Dialing 911 may still be the safer bet for those that need immediate assistance.

Crime Push app developers intend to develop more ties with local police departments, WJLA-TV reports. There may be the day where it's faster -- and easier -- to report crime on your smartphone.

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