Victoria Police Department release app to fight crime, available for iOS and Android

Ian Hardy

December 9, 2013 7:16am

The Victoria Police Department have released an app that’s aimed to reduce crime in the region. The VicPD app is available for your iOS and Android device and helps those who want to “make Victoria and Esquimalt Canada’s safest region.”

Mark MacIntyre, Director of Public Affairs for VicPD, said “This app provides citizens cutting edge tools in the fight against crime” by easily reporting, tracking and fighting crime from your pocket. It’s certainly a step in the right direction and gives you the ability to submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers, locate lost items from an image database and see reports of crime in a geographic location. You can also view video and audio files that the Victoria Police upload, plus keep up to date with the latest press releases. For those want a bit more of the experience, VicPD has also make it possible to join the force by seeing their latest latest job and volunteer postings.

Download the app here from iTunes or Google Play

Source: VicPD Mobile
Via: iPhoneInCanada

  • deltatux

    Not a bad idea at all, hopefully other forces will join the app bandwagon. It’s certainly more conveniently to do it this way that’s for sure.

  • J-Ro

    This article is odd. How can you have an app that uses your location information to help “track and fight crime” yet remain anonymous? That seems to me like jumping in a snow pile to stay warm.

    Great idea in theory but If they weren’t getting enough help with reports the old fashion way, making it interactive will likely not help either.

    • Unorthodox

      Have you ever tried to report something to police? You’ll spend a lot of time being transferred from one department to another and other bs. It’s easier to run out and search for a police cruiser and tell them in person than report something over the phone.
      Yet, I fully agree about illusory idea that you can stay incognito, while reporting your location AND doing it from your phone. Seems like idea worthy of those people who never thought NSA is listening.

    • J-Ro

      I did try reporting something to the police and I was held for so much questioning afterwards, I never wanted to do it again.

      I saved a life but the amount of questions they had for something that just got there was a joke. They need a lot more than an app, they need new tactics on how to deal with people that want to help.

    • J-Ro

      And knowing this, why would I want to help? It is more of an inconvenience to me to help than to not help.

      I know it sounds bad but no one likes to be accused of something they didn’t do, especially if they were trying to help the matter.

  • Unorthodox

    There’s crime in Victoria?!

  • Gerhardt

    right. someone is being stabbed…go on your mobile phone and report it lol

    • snaiil

      Seriously, for that you should just call 911.

      Still better than nothing.

  • Handheld Addict

    I tried reporting a crime… A car driving past mind threw something at my windshield as i passed them. I pulled over and phone 911, the operator asked if my life was in immediate danger, no it isn’t, so they didn’t want to hear it. Phone the police directly. So I do and get an answering machine. Apparently the Saanich police department is closed, because crime doesn’t happen at 9:00pm. Saanich is a municipality of Victoria, so I don’t have much hopes about the usefulness of this app.

    • snaiil

      I called the Saanich Police a couple of time after 10pm to complain a noisy neighbour, they responded fairly well by sending officers down within maybe 20-30 minutes.

    • Handheld Addict

      I am truly amazed you spoke to a live person when you phoned. I used the number the 911 operator gave me and only got an answering machine.

    • snaiil

      I found the number on there website.

  • Norman Fong

    Great! Another way to report illicit chip tastings!