Since October, Shy Pahlevani of Capitol Hill has been held up at gunpoint and maced. His car has been broken into twice right in front of this house.
Each time, he wished he could have instantly reported the crimes to give police a head start at solving them. So now he's developed an app called CrimePush to do just that.
It's free and can be downloaded through iTunes and GooglePlay stores, offering a quick way to report crime to police.
"It's very intuitive. With a few quick clicks of a button, your tip is on its way," Pahlevani says. "You can also add pictures, video and audio so police can see what you're viewing."
Since it works off GPS, parents could use the Check In feature to keep track of their kids.
Several Campus police departments are in the final stages of implementing safety plans that include the CrimePush App. More than 100,000 people have downloaded it since it went live July 10.
Howard University Senior Gregory Taylor thinks it would be a big hit there.
"With our campus being wide open, it's a natural," Taylor says.
Anna Smith likes the additional feeling of security it offers.
"I would like to know I could contact police instantly, especially while walking at night," says Smith.
But Pahlevani makes it clear, CrimePush doesn't replace a call to 911.
"If you have an emergency, call 911," says Pahlevani. "CrimePush is just for reporting crime tips."
Police departments and schools like Heritage High School in Loudoun County get some additional features if they partner with CrimePush. The most important, perhaps, is the Push Back Notification feature which allows them to send warning messages to smartphone users with the app.