A New Crime Reporting App
Grafetee, the company credited for the invention, has launched the free location-based tagging app for mobile devices. Users can bookmark locations and link data from Foursquare, Flickr, Yelp, and Instagram. The app allows people to report crimes and nuisances with just a few clicks on their phone screen. The company has also started pitching the app to police services throughout Europe.
Although the app is only available in Finland, it seems like interest in the app will spread to other areas as well. Calling the emergency service is still recommended for large emergencies, but the reporting of parking violations, peace disturbances, and other small crimes are encouraged to be reported through the use of the app.
Having an app that can report crimes in just a few seconds sounds useful, but could it also lead to people abusing the app? Having the option to report a crime at your fingertips could be an easy way for people to report anything they see as “questionable”. Maybe there should be a list of crimes that can be reported or users have to enter some sort of identification before they have free use of the app.
If this app allows anonymous reporting, I think the police stations could experience a lot of false and prank reporting. More detailed information about the app should be provided to police stations before readily allowing reports to be sent to them via a mobile app. What do you think? Does this app create more problems than it’s worth?
Posted by Lindsay Page on Oct 22, 2012