Smartphone app tips police to crime

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Some depend on smart phone technology and apps to simplify everyday tasks.

Now there's an "app" to help you communicate with police in case of an emergency.

The next time you have an anonymous tip to submit to police- think about using your smart phone.

"I've called in anonymous tips before...it probably be more convenient if it was on a smart phone," said Karen Badgett.

The Boynton Beach Police Department has used the "TipSoft" software through the internet for about two years.

The software is developed by Crime Reports.com. The company developed an iPhone app in February and last week an Android app was made available.

"There are a lot of times that someone will see a crime occur and they don't want it known who they are. This allows them to remain anonymous and it allows us to communicate back and forth with them through the application and we never have to know who they are," said Stephanie Slater, spokesperson for the Boynton Beach Police Department.

Some believe that providing "smart phone" tips will free up the 9-1-1 lines for emergencies.

The app can be downloaded for free.

There are 47 agencies in Florida registered with the "TipSoft" service including the Boca Raton police department and Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers in Fort Pierce.

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