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New app allows victims, witnesses to report crimes to cops, neighbors

Anushay Hossain
Forbes [1]
February 2, 2012

As any Smartphone user will tell you, the Smartphone’s application store is the go to place for tools to make your Smartphone even smarter. Do you want the song playing in the department store on your playlist? Download Shazam. Want to find out the latest celebrity gossip? Get the Us Weekly app. Want investment advice at your fingertips? Get the Forbes app. But can an application provide women and students with the tools to empower themselves and help strengthen law enforcement?

A new company says yes. CrimePush [2], available on iTunes today, is the latest in mobile technology to provide urban populations with fast, discrete, and intelligent safety assistance. After being held at gunpoint on the streets of Washington [3] DC, co-founder Shayan Pahlevani thought of a way to conveniently help report and prevent crimes for the 21st century.

The company utilizes Smartphone technology to put crime reporting, literally, in the hands of users. After downloading the free iPhone or Android application, users can report an ongoing crime with the push of a button. A package of information including the location of the crime, photo, video, audio, and text description of the crime are sent to authorities immediately. The application also allows for users to report crime anonymously so that they may continue with their busy lives knowing that with a push of a button, police will know and have everything to pursue the criminal. Ordinary users become the eyes and ears of authorities.

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