St. Sen. Adams: App Like Having A Community Watch Group On Your Phone

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a new way to fight crime, right from your smartphone.

New York State Senator Eric Adams announced a new application that can send reports about crime and dangerous conditions right to the authorities.

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WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports

“[Some] simple device that we thought could only be used to make calls could now be used to save lives,” Adams told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Jim Smith, on Sunday.

Adams likened the app to having a community watch group right on your cell phone.

“We’re bringing crime-fighting into the app age,” Adams said.

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The Brooklyn Quality Of Life app allows users to send photos, audio or video to officials. Retired detectives staff the application, who can then forward the information on to police.

“We are going to be the middle reporting aspect to make sure that their identity will remain unknown,” Adams said.

Adams said the app is not meant to be a replacement for 911, but rather an outlet for the “many people who are afraid or intimidated,” by police, Adams said.

The app is available for the iPhone, Android devices and tablets.

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