Crime Stoppers Brings Crime-Fighting to Smartphones

July 4, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
The Toronto Crime Stoppers app takes video, photos, and makes calls, sending the information directly—and anonymously—to Crime Stoppers. There is also an up-to-date list of Toronto's most wanted. (Epoch Times)

Crime Stoppers has introduced a new way for Torontonians to fight crime—a smartphone app that links them up directly with a crime-fighting group.

Unveiled Wednesday, the Toronto Crime Stoppers app is available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry phones, and is believed to be the first of its kind in North America. Evidence and information can be sent via recordings, photos, texts, or emails—and it can all be done anonymously.

The app can also be found in the iTunes app store, on Google Play for Android, and BlackBerry App World for a few BlackBerry models.

It includes a button that will call Crime Stoppers automatically if necessary, at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), and a list with photos of Toronto’s most wanted criminals.

Constable Martin Douglas, Toronto Crime Stoppers youth & social media officer, hopes that bystanders will feel more empowered to be socially responsible and take action with the app. Currently, 200 anonymous tips are received every week.

Crime Stoppers relies on tips and support from the community and the media. Rewards for information regarding potential crimes are also offered.

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