Florence Police Promotes Mobile Measure To Fight Crime

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FLORENCE, Ala. – (WHNT) The Florence Police Department is urging people, armed with just a cell phone, to help fight crime.

The agency is turning to a mobile app as part of its local "See Something, Say Something" campaign.

That’s because, police say sometimes it takes just a single photo to help detectives crack a case.

“That evidence is invaluable when it comes to solving crimes, if you drive by and see something suspicious, take out your phone and take a picture of the car, take a picture of the tag, take a picture the person,” urged Florence Police Chief, Ron Tyler.

Using the Tip Submit app for both Android and iPhones, people can send a picture with information straight to Florence Police investigators with an easy upload.

“People would be surprised at how often times they will call in or report something they think is meaningless and that`s the information we need to crack a case, or multiple cases,” said Tyler.

With the app, users can quickly fill out a tip report from their phones, including as many details as they can.

Police say you shouldn't just submit criminal activity.  If you see anything out of the ordinary, pull out your phone, and send the information to investigators.

“Anytime you see something suspicious, report it to police, if you are sitting at the park and you see a strange man sitting at a park, looking at kids, say something, to us,” said Tyler.

And with easy access, on a mobile device, police hope it's an effort that takes off, so tips start coming in.

The app is free for both Android and iPhone users.