Make no mistake about it: those who live in troubled neighborhoods often know whatâ€™s going on and who is behind the mayhem. But, talk to police? Not on their lives! Literally!
Some city residents may distrust the police. Others understand the perils of â€śbeing a snitch.â€ť So, too often, the secrets of the streets remain just that - secrets. And criminals go free.
Thatâ€™s too bad because many city residents long for safe streets - and know all too well the individuals who are terrorizing their neighborhoods. But they keep quiet, afraid of retaliation from the suspect or his cohorts.
But now thereâ€™s a solution - in New Britain, at least. According to Fridayâ€™s New Britain Herald, a new interactive website, www.solveitnb.city , allows users to upload videos, photos and tips - anonymously!
In todayâ€™s world, every 12-year-old has a smart phone, while their elders have a wide assortment of electronic gadgets, giving everyone a way of recording incidents and providing information to police. The site offers a look at wanted suspects, as well as details on recent crimes as a way of encouraging people to contribute their own tidbits of knowledge.
And, for those who worry about protecting their privacy, the police want your trust. A similar tipline by the New York City police drew this review from the website Engadget: â€śIf the NYPDâ€™s app were sending data back to the police that could identify the user of the app it would not have made it through Appleâ€™s approval process.â€ť
Put another way, this is an opportunity for citizens to contribute to the safety of their neighborhoods, while protecting their identity.