FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – (December 11, 2014) – sci-Shot, a new public safety and security mobile app developed by a South Florida company, will celebrate its official launch at the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on December 13. The app, which serves as a convenient way for participants to anonymously report non-emergency, questionable or suspicious activity, will be monitored by Crime Stoppers.
“It’s a step below calling 911 and a step above doing nothing,” explained Anita Byer, sci-Shot’s founder. “We’re encouraging spectators to download sci-Shot, register as an anonymous user, and confidentially share pictures and video of non-emergency conditions that appear unsafe or threatening and cause concern.”More...
Accidents, including anything from alcohol poisoning to car crashes, have a huge toll on public safety in the United States: about 29.3 million people are hospitalized per year, and an additional 120,000 people lose their lives. But one statistic proves to be even more shocking – 39% of these accidental deaths are completely preventable.
One south Florida mother, Donna Denaro, knows this reality all too well. A year ago, she dropped her 15-year-old son Zach off at the beach to hang out with friends – but when she returned less than 30 minutes later, Denaro found Zach’s body lifeless and deserted.
Though Zach’s cause of death is still uncertain and his mother might never know what happened that day, she is focusing on the one thing she does know: Zach may still be alive if just one person called the police.
The fear of crime has consistently ranked among the top fears of Americans in national and local polls – in 2013, for example, 55% of the public regarded crime as an “extremely serious” problem. Though law enforcement tirelessly fights to stop and maintain crime, recent events have shifted their focus to finding ways to effectively prevent it.
This past Memorial Day weekend was marked by a standoff between police officers and about 200 people “who seemed hell-bent on creating trouble” at Fort Lauderdale beach. After discovering the incident through social media, baton-wielding police officers took to the streets and had to “aggressively” corral young people away from the beach.
Public Safety Stewards are continuously implementing new technologies to prevent, reduce, and investigate criminal activity. Before technology began playing a role in ongoing investigations, criminals had little reason to worry after committing a crime. However, technological advancements have come so far that law enforcement can now use data to predict when and where certain incidents will occur. The technology available to law enforcement is always changing. See a few of the latest tools highlighted below:
Imagine a world where tragedies like the Boston Marathon Bombings are averted through the thoughtful actions of the crowd. sci-Shot thinks that world is ours to make. sci-Shot’s ‘limited release’ of its brand new and unique social movement app is available now for users who want to be part of a crowd that captures, organizes, and shares their street images and video with legitimate enterprises seeking eye-witness accounts.
And, just as important, sci-Shot provides a confidential system for the flow of communication between all stakeholders of public safety, as well as a streamlined tool for broadcasting public safety matters to the masses.
According to Broward Crime Stoppers Executive Director, Ralph Page, “Sci Shot provides another way for the community and Crime Stoppers to assist law enforcement in keeping our streets safe.”
The adage, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ is nowhere more significant than in the context of an eye-witness account. A picture, as well as video, captures detail unnoticed by the eye, and allows little room for interpretation. Until now, though, there has not been an organized and confidential source to ‘house’ these pictures until and if a legitimate enterprise seeks an eye-witness account.
In 2014, sci-Shot will be providing the ‘crowd’ with a secure and effective mobile application to upload photos and videos of illegal, hazardous and harmful activities that they witness. And, better yet, they’ll get paid for it. More...