Manhattan, NY If you see something, say something and now with a new app, you can show something.
Tipsters can send the NYPD pictures and videos using a new Crime Stoppers app, the New York City police department said Thursday.
A need for the upgrade was apparent when the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers number was inundated with tips after 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was killed in a Bronx bodega last year. Since the inception of crime stoppers in the 1980s, the NYPD has dished out over 2.5 million dollars in reward money.
Reporting graffiti crimes in progress that end up with an arrest and indictment is also rewarded money for the tipster.
The app, CS-NYC, allows community members to anonymously and securely submit tips to the NYPD. The goal of the app is to improve crime-solving by serving as the catalyst for real-time, more compelling conversations with NYPD investigators while preserving tipsters’ anonymity.
“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 NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “For 35 years, Crime Stoppers has engaged witnesses and those knowledgeable of crimes in their communities to help the NYPD, and this new app gives the public another opportunity to have a vested interest in helping to keep their neighborhoods safe.”
The new app allows community members to submit tips with attached images, documents, and videos. Other benefits include the ability for the investigator to engage in safe, private two-way dialog with the tipster — a previously impossible feature in the old text messaging system.