CloseWatch RTA puts crime tipping and crime reporting into the palm of your hand, allowing individuals to get crime information and submit crime tips to law enforcement on their cell phones or PDAs. It is provided free of charge by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, and helps citizens support the Department of Homeland Security agenda, See Something, Say Something.
CloseWatch RTA was established to raise awareness for crime prevention, generate public support for local crime fighting efforts and deepen the relationship between law enforcement and communities.
By simply clicking on the CloseWatch RTA app icon on their smartphone (which is free to download), a citizen or visitor can submit a tip. The mobile app allows individuals to report on crimes they have seen or as they happen. The system allows the user to upload text messages, static images or video for review by law enforcement, including pictures of criminals and criminal activity so that law enforcement can have even greater detail from the tipster.
Because CloseWatch RTA uses global positioning technology, the system intelligently forwards information to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority based on where the handheld device is physically located at any given moment.
If an individual has information, photos or videos relating to a reported crime, they can send it to law enforcement just as easily from their handheld device or from their PC.
Tipsters can either provide information anonymously or disclose their own identity. “CloseWatch puts incredible power back in the hands of the public to help stop crime. Now the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority can enable merchants, schools, groups, neighborhoods and individuals have a way to actually assist in crime solving by providing information directly to law enforcement, whether it’s after the fact or even if it’s happening right now.”