The Dallas Police Department have launched an app called iWatch Dallas that gives citizens the ability to anonymously report “suspicious behaviors and activities”. The app is free and is geared toward public safety and community policing initiatives. Tips that are sent in through the app are investigated and police are deployed as needed. Apparently, iWatch Dallas has already led to arrests and further investigations.
For a country like the United States, which has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, it doesn’t seem like the police have any trouble catching the “bad guys”. Also, asking citizens to report “suspicious behaviors and activities” sounds like extreme paranoia. What do you think of this kind of app?