New York – A new mobile phone app will allow people to report crimes to the NYPD without having to reveal themselves.
The police department and New York City Police Foundation today unveiled the Crime Stoppers app do residents who are aware of crimes can anonymously and securely submit tips to NYPD investigators.
The app, CS-NYC, is available for download for free on Apple iOS and Android devices.
“The community is New York City’s best crime fighting resource and the mobile Crime Stoppers app is our newest tool to deepen our partnership with witnesses who provide anonymous tips that help us solve crimes,” said Chief Dermot Shea, NYPD Chief of Detectives.
“For 35 years, Crime Stoppers has engaged witnesses and those knowledgeable of crimes in their communities to help the NYPD, and this new app is gives the public another opportunity to have a vested interest in helping to keep their neighborhoods safe.”
The app is capable of sending text, pictures and documents, as well as audio and video files. The submitter will then be able to engage in a private two-way dialogue with the detective without revealing his identity.
Users will have access to wanted flyers, and can select from ten different language options to give the information. The app is designed to be user-friendly and quick from start to finish.
To download the app, mobile device users can search “NYPD Crime Stoppers” in the Apple iTunes and the Google Play stores.
In addition to the app, community members can continue to provide tips by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, or submitting through the website or social media channels.
Those who submit tips that lead to an arrest or an indictment may be eligible for up to a $2,500 cash reward.