Public Safety Created

#312 Public Safety Report App

There is a strong "stop snitching" culture in Baltimore city (see https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0510-stop-snitching-20190508-story.html) that has led to a lack of crime reporting and police cooperation among residents. This silence can Communities benefit from knowing when and where crimes occur, and criminals may be deterred when they realize they are being watched by people in the neighborhood. It can also be frightening for witnesses and victims to come forward publicly, which can prevent them from receiving community support, legal assistance, or protection from perpetrators.embolden criminals, leave communities vulnerable, and make witnesses afraid to share information about crime for fear of being targeted for snitching.

Location

Citywide

Timeline

Oct 20, 2020

Today

Feb 28, 2020

Created

Why it matters

Communities benefit from knowing when and where crimes occur, and criminals may be deterred when they realize they are being watched by people in the neighborhood. It can also be frightening for witnesses and victims to come forward publicly, which can prevent them from receiving community support, legal assistance, or protection from perpetrators.

What does "good" look like?

Good looks like a reduction in the "no snitching" culture, victims and witnesses feeling empowered to come forward and share details of crime, and communities having internal resources for sharing information about crime within their neighborhoods.

How could technology solve this?

An app could be created that allows neighborhood residents to report crimes anonymously without having to be involved in police investigations. The information shared through the app could be made available to the police department to generate leads, and it could help people in the community be more watchful and willing to intervene or speak up when crime is witnessed.