Why Crimes Go Unreported

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot1/7/2014
man stealing purse

The FBI reported 1,214,462 violent crimes in 2012. That’s just reported violent crimes. A study by the Bureau of Justice estimates that nearly 3.4 million violent crimes go unreported a year. According to the same study, the majority of crimes that go unreported are due to the victim or witnesses being afraid of reprisal. Is it possible, too, that people are not always certain what should be reported, to whom it should be reported, and when to report it?

Given the scope of hotlines and online systems that allow for anonymous reporting, there still remains a need for a nationwide reporting mechanism that encourages reporting of all threatening matters, suspicious or criminal, confidentially and without fear. 

So far, we have come across a few apps that do a good job of allowing users to report crime so we made a comparison chart to showcase the features of each.


Productsci-ShotMyPDSee SendRaids OnlineLive SafeCrime Reporter
Free to Publicyesyesyesyesyesyes
Available for iphoneComing soon!yesnoyesyesyes
Available for DroidIn Beta!yesnonoyesno
Crime Reportingyesyesyesyesyesyes
Public Broadcast Alertsyesyesyesyesyesno
Incident Mapyesyesnoyesyesno
Anonymous Reporting, Optionalyesnoyesnoyesyes
Social Media Componentyesyesnonoyesno
Other Reporting (socially curious incident)yesnonononono
Accepts Pictures/Videos and Commentsyesnononoyesyes
Private Broadcast Alertsyesnonononono
Alerts with Accompanying Picturesyesnonononono
Alert Selection Customized by Useryesnonononono
Alert Archiveyesnononoyesno
Optional Confidential 2-way Communication with Subscribersyesnononoyesno
Rewards and Incentive Programyesnonononono
Rewards available for Other than Crime Related Informationyesnonononono
Peer Collaboarationyesnonononono
National Platform for Public and Private Partnershipsyesnononoyesno

It is our goal to provide a community based, confidential and streamlined solution to report suspect or unusual incidents that by proximity or degree do not create an imminent threat, but nonetheless deserve to be shared.  We encourage you to download the beta version of our app and let us know how we’re doing.