Smartphone App Helping to Fight Crime in Jennings
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 ~ by Jenise Fernandez
Want to help fight crime in Jennings?? Well, there's an app for that.
Jennings Police are using what's called the "iWatch" app. It allows residents to help police fight crime in real time. City coordinator Michelle Hebert says, "iWatch Jennings" is a way for citizens to take an active, anonymous role in fighting crime. It puts crime reporting in the palm of your hands.
"If you see something, say something. That's the theme behind iWatch," said Hebert.
If you see a crime, or something suspicious, you can call, text, or e-mail police. The app allows you to take pictures and record video. "There's also a global GPS so police can know where the tip came from," said Hebert.
We tagged along with Hebert as she promoted the app to area businesses.
Librarian Barbara Owen knows how important reporting a crime can be. Recently, a thief tried to steal thousands of dollars worth of tools from her son.
"We recovered these things from an anonymous tip, but with this app it'll be much quicker," she said.
Police Chief Todd D'albor wanted to use up-to-date technology to encourage people to report crimes.
"It's an interactive way that they could give information to the department that can benefit the community," he said.
You can download the app for free on your iphone, android, or blackberry.
To learn more visit Jennings Police