Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Smartphone App To Help Protect BCC

COCOA, Florida – Brevard Community College will take part in a new crime prevention initiative that will use a smartphone app and website to allow users to easily report tips about incidents on its four campuses.

The move was launched by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office as part of a countywide crime-fighting plan.  The “iWatch Brevard County” app can be downloaded at www.iwatchbrevardcounty.com.
It allows anyone to send anonymous tips, report suspicious incidents, see crime-related photos, get alerts or track local crime.

However, reviews are mixed.  Two user reviews on the website say that the app does not work properly and that it is a "waste of time."

The app is the latest addition to a partnership between BCC and local law enforcement agencies that was announced in February to strengthen campus security.  The partnership included opening police substations on BCC’s four campuses to better protect the college’s 35,000 students, faculty, and staff.
The BCC app will build on that effort by combining resources and messages, said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

“You can have the best message in the world, but if you can’t deliver it to the front door of the citizens, it’s useless,” Ivey said.
The app is currently used by 46 other law enforcement agencies across the nation, with Brevard County the first in Florida.



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