Witness, report and capture with the new free app
A SENIOR who observes an incident which they think should be reported to authorities now has the handy option of using the phone app iWitnessed to immediately the important details of that incident.
Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police and now Chair of Crime Stoppers Queensland says it's imperative a person not only takes note of an incident, but also immediately makes a record of it.
"Having it by phone, you have a number of ways you can record it - by typing it in, or talking to the phone and recording it, or you can use your phone to take a photograph," Mr Henderson said. "The important thing is you are getting an accurate record as quickly as possible after the actual incident has occurred."
iWitnessed is a free app that can be downloaded to iphones and android phones. It has been developed to help witnesses record detailed accounts of any type of event at the earliest opportunity and in a way that helps preserve the memory of the event. The information is not automatically sent to the police, but you can choose to share it with them.
The app includes guided questions and each report is time and GPS stamped. Users can then send their account to the police or to a secure email address.
During his 45 years on the police force Mr Henderson has learnt that everyone has different ways of recalling what they see and hear. "This app is good for any person and a benefit for seniors," he said. "Any information that is supplied is of great value. It is all part of the jigsaw puzzle that is put together to identify what has occurred.
"The main benefit of the app is the information is recorded as soon as possible after the event. This makes it extremely accurate as opposed to if you wait a few days. The longer time you wait before you record something, or you try to recall what happened, things can come into your mind which can alter what you actually did see. So, the earlier you can record it, the better."
The app can be used by witnesses and victims to record what was seen or heard at a traffic accident or a major incident, or for recording ongoing family violence incidents. iWitnessed has been developed to help with a variety of events.
"Any information to the police is of use when an offence has occurred," Mr Henderson adds.
If a senior doesn't have a mobile phone or doesn't want to use this app, they can record their observations or experiences with Crime Stoppers by anonymously phoning 1800 333 000 or via its website www.crimestoppers.com.au.
If a situation is urgent, seniors should phone 000.