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.
|Product||sci-Shot||MyPD||See Send||Raids Online||Live Safe||Crime Reporter|
|Free to Public|
|Available for iphone||Coming soon!|
|Available for Droid||In Beta!|
|Public Broadcast Alerts|
|Anonymous Reporting, Optional|
|Social Media Component|
|Other Reporting (socially curious incident)|
|Accepts Pictures/Videos and Comments|
|Private Broadcast Alerts|
|Alerts with Accompanying Pictures|
|Alert Selection Customized by User|
|Optional Confidential 2-way Communication with Subscribers|
|Rewards and Incentive Program|
|Rewards available for Other than Crime Related Information|
|National Platform for Public and Private Partnerships|
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.