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State police launch app to fight terrorism

Published On: Jan 11 2013 07:01:59 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 07:54:42 AM EST

State police launch new app


Do you see suspicious activitiy in your neighborhood? There's an app for that.

The Pennsylvania State Police hope you'll start using your smartphone to keep an eye on suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism.

The state police are launching a free app called "See Something, Send Something."


It lets you track suspicious activity with a note or a photo and send the tip to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center in Harrisburg.

“No one knows what goes on in your neighborhood better than you,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “You may see or hear things that seem out of the ordinary and raise your suspicions -- if you see something suspicious taking place, report it.”

“One tip from an alert citizen can prove valuable and protect Pennsylvania from a potential terrorist act,” Noonan said.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious activity, officials said. The public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with local, state and federal partners.

The application, which is available at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, also includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity, along with how to receive important alerts.