Did you ever suspect that the creep next door was working with the enemy? Not just dealing primo weed to schoolkids, but an actual terrorist conspiring to blow up Fritz's Island with a manure bomb. How do you properly notify the authorities to foil a such nefarious plot
There's an app for that.
It is called See Something, Send Something, and it's available in the App Store right now.
Here's a portion of the press release, as reported by the Morning Call:
A new smartphone application has been developed to help the Pennsylvania State Police receive reports regarding suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism.
"The "See Something, Send Something" app allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC).
“This App provides concerned citizens with an effective communications and reporting tool,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “The See Something, Send Something mobile app, developed by My Mobile Witness, sends terrorism-related tips directly to PaCIC where tips are evaluated by analysts and assigned for investigation as warranted,” Noonan said.
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.
“No one knows what goes on in your neighborhood better than you,” 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.
I downloaded the sucker immediately and noticed there are some restrictions. You aren't allowed to send a photo of the neighborhood terror monkey from your library, for instance, nor retain in your library any photos you do take and submit. Presumably, this curtails any Photoshop monkey business.
Sending false reports also is frowned upon. The FAQs say that if one knowingly gives false information… he/she is committing a crime punishable by incarceration or fine. This is not a toy for children to play around with.
So what exactly do the staties want you to be on the lookout for as its eyes and ears?
To cite one example, persons "demonstrating unusual interest in facilities, buildings, or infrastructure beyond mere casual or professional (e.g. engineers) interest such that a reasonable person would consider the activity suspicious. Examples include observation through binoculars, taking notes, attempting to measure distances etc."
Note taking. That would include most reporters on assignment from the Reading Eagle. Turn them in.
Binoculars. Philadelphia Eagles fans at the ballpark. Get them next year.
Measuring distances. Guys in hardhats are doing that on Carsonia Avenue right now.
So many terrorists, such little time.