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BART launches new public safety app

Officials: Tool allows riders to more easily report crimes, suspicious activity

BART on Thursday morning lauched a new app available for Apple and Google Android devices that will enable riders to more easily report crimes and suspicious activities to transit police.

BART Watch is free to download from the agency's website as well as the Apple App Store and Google Play.

"This new technology will allow us to partner with our riders so they can 'see something, say something' and help us keep the system safer and more secure," BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said in a statement.

The app will also be offered in Spanish and Chinese.

Riders will be able to use BART Watch to send a text message of what they are seeing. There is an option to attach a picture to the text message.

The app also allows riders to call BART police directly or send text reports anonymously.

In areas with no cellular service, a text message sent will be delivered once the rider goes to an area with service.

The app has pull-down menus that lets riders choose which report they want to send, including a crime in progress, an illegally parked vehicle, disruptive behavior, a robbery or theft, an unattended bag or package and vandalism.

The reports will go directly to BART police dispatch to be prioritized for response. BART police will also use the app to send alerts out to riders.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Danville
on Aug 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

Everyone knows there's no crime on the sparkling clean BART system. And Hayward Richmond and Oakland are the safest stops of all.


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