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Apex police app uses technology to combat crime

Posted April 21

— Apex police officers have a new added a new weapon to their crime-fighting arsenal – smartphones.

Residents are using a phone app to send anonymous crime tips to the police.

Apex police Capt. Ann Stephens said it's like a modern version of Crime Stoppers.

"We can actually respond to them (the tipsters) and maintain a dialogue with them if there's more information that we need," she said. "Or we can ask if they're comfortable talking to a detective."

Apex police say the app, which launched six months ago and is available to iPhone and Android users, is simple to use. Once downloaded, the user pushes "New Tip" to send information anonymously to the department through a third party vendor. Those without the app can still anonymously text APEXPD to TIP411.

While the app has cost the town $2,500 for a two-year contract, Stephens said it has already paid off. The department gets a few tips a week on average, and the app is used mostly for everyday, non-emergency complaints.

But some tips are giving investigators valuable leads on more serious problems, like drug activity.

"They've given us names on, 'I think this person may have dome something,' which maybe didn't solve a particular crime, but may have solved something else," she said.

Stephens said adapting this new technology shows how Apex officers are changing with the times to fight crime.

"People don't tend to make that phone call as they used to," she said. "We want people to have that at their fingertips."

 


 

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  • disgusted2010 Apr 21, 12:48 p.m.

    Here is a tip:

    Never trust wake county law enforcement unless you have a witness on your behalf... View More

    — Posted by less_govt_is_better_govt

    Proof or just anti-law enforcement accusations?

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Apr 21, 12:26 p.m.

    Here is a tip:

    Never trust wake county law enforcement unless you have a witness on your behalf present and a camera to document any factual information that can easily be articulated against your person.

    Yes a tip can result in police at your residence to talk to you. Decline their request and you are deemed suspicious. Your constitutional rights take a backseat to the power of those with a badge in wake county and they know this.

  • jrfergerson Apr 21, 12:14 p.m.

    now its really easy to falsely accuse someone and never get caught. sheesh

    A tip is not the same... View More

    — Posted by btneast

    seems you are out of date with the technology that can track a cell call just as the did with other type calls. -you say never get caught go back to school son and get some more education on how advanced technology is these days

  • Moist Apr 21, 12:08 p.m.

    buncha snitches in apex apparently

  • jonrosstaylor Apr 21, 12:07 p.m.

    I need to download this. I know lots of people who "may have dome something."

    Sheesh. Proofreading is overrated.

  • btneast Apr 21, 11:38 a.m.

    [bYeah, sounds like someone can just make an accusation and send the cops looking for you. Makes me happy I don't live in Apex][/b]

    No.....give the police a little more credit than that. A tip is just that...a tip....NOT an accusation. They don't have time to race all over town on every tip, which is why they do a little digging before any action is taken. A tip is insufficient info to produce an arrest warrant. Besides, Crimestoppers has been receiving anonymous tips for many many years. Anonymous tips is not new, just anonymous texting

  • jhilfiker2001 Apr 21, 11:29 a.m.

    2,500 is dirt cheap for custom application software.

  • Ijaz Fahted Apr 21, 11:27 a.m.

    So much for being able to and having the right to "face your accuser"

    — Posted by A person

    Yeah, sounds like someone can just make an accusation and send the cops looking for you. Makes me happy I don't live in Apex. I have no problem picking up the phone and calling Cary non emergency to report suspicious activity.

  • lewiskr45 Apr 21, 11:16 a.m.

    why didn't they just save the 2500 and keep it to texting…

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    The texting component is part of the system along with the app.

  • btneast Apr 21, 11:11 a.m.

    now its really easy to falsely accuse someone and never get caught. sheesh

    A tip is not the same as an accusation. A tip only points the authorities in a general direction, and only after they do background on it. No one gets arrested or searched even just off an unsubstantiated tip.

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