To Call or Not to Call?

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot3/12/2014
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People are often hesitant to call 911 when they witness an unusual or suspicious incident. While an incident may not be clearly illegal, it may raise suspicion. This creates a grey area in which witnesses question whether or not they should call the police.

Man Carrying Purse: In early February, a suspicious man was seen walking behind a home in Oak Lane, Florida carrying a woman’s purse. A witness, suspecting something unusual, contacted the police. When the deputy arrived at the scene, he discovered that other property was missing from the home. The suspect later admitted to stealing the purse, and is now charged with burglary and larceny.

Man with Blue Face: On February 24th, a suspicious man was seen outside of a Dollar Tree wearing a business suit with his face covered in blue spray paint. A concerned Dollar Tree employee alerted the police. When they arrived on the scene, they found the man in the parking lot. Turns out the suspect had a history of trespassing and had a warrant out for writing bad checks.

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While police were able to locate the suspects in these instances, simply providing a description of the culprit is often not enough. sci-Shot’s new mobile app provides witnesses with the opportunity to snap a photo or video of any unusual or suspicious activities they witness. Multiple witnesses are able to upload their reports to the app to be used by public safety stewards as corroborating evidence.

A man carrying a purse or a man with a painted face may not always warrant a 911 call, but sci-Shot allows users a simple and safe way to report any suspicious incidents that may otherwise go unreported. Start using our mobile app to snap a photo or video of curious incidents.

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