‘Game changing’ crime report app

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Kimberley District Superintendent Greg Crofts.
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The Kimberley’s top cop has hailed a new mobile application allowing the public to report suspicious behaviour online as a “game changer” for combating high offence rates in the region.

Crime Stoppers WA launched its Eyes on the Street Industry Reporting app for iPhone and Android users last month as a tool for the public to send through details and images of potentially illegal activities. The content shared through the app is directed to WA Police and other law enforcement agencies, which can then decide whether to act on the information.

Security guards, shire rangers, taxi drivers, hotel staff and other industry workers who often come across regular suspicious activity because of the nature of their jobs are the main target audience for the service.

Kimberley District Superintendent Greg Crofts believes the app could hold the key to fighting crime in the region.

He said there was a tendency among towns and communities in the area to post about incidents they had seen on social media and the ease of using the simple app would encourage more people to make reports.

“I understand people wanting to put things on Facebook and advise their peers, but we don’t draw information from sites like that,” he said. “We ask that people use this app because it is going to be a major crime-solving tool.

“Times are changing.

“There is a big shift to the online world, less people are making phone calls, less people come in to report things.

“Now we have something for the generation addicted to phone usage.

“For us this could be an absolute game changer in solving these crimes we often see in the Kimberley.” The Eyes on the Street Industry Reporting app is available for free on the Apple and Google Play stores.

It requires users to fill out a form questioning the type of crime; information on the report; whether it is a one-off incident; if there has been a previous report; a description of the person; and if the user would like to remain completely anonymous.

Supt Crofts said the app should not be used for emergencies.

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