Smartphone app to report crime called iWatch available for Cuyahoga County residents

CLEVELAND - See something, say something. Now Cuyahoga County officials said it is easier than ever to report crime.

On Tuesday, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald flanked by police chiefs from across the county introduced a new app for smartphones. It is called iWatch Northeast Ohio.

It is a free cellular phone application that citizens can use to report tips and leads of suspicious activity. Authorities stress the app is not a replacement for 911 in an emergency, but this app is a crime fight tool.

"You make it convenient for them and anonymous and information will come your way," said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Officials said all tips are anonymous or you can provide the information if you choose.

Barb Spaan trains residents to be neighborhood watch leaders.

"Any tools we can offer, I think will be helpful to everyone," Spaan said.

The iWatch app was first launched in Dallas nearly seven years ago and so far, roughly 10,000 tips have been called in, some leading to arrests.

Dan Elliott, the developer of the cell phone app, created it because his family has been touched by crime. His brother's fiancé was murdered. The case is still unsolved.

"It's a rock in the shoe. Every time we launch one of these, her memory is right there, Elliott said.

Go to iwatchneohio.com for information on how to download the free app.

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