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Dolton residents can report crime in real time with iAlertU

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Officials say a new app will revolutionize crime fighting because it gets police involved as crime takes place. The village of Dolton just began using iAlertU, which lets people report crime anonymously.

Dolton officials said iAlertU will make the village safer because nearly everyone has a smartphone, and now they'll be able to help police without fear of reprisal.

Police are encouraging citizens to download iAlertU, which allows users to record video and send it to local law enforcement in real time to report crime of suspicious activity without revealing the user as a source. The app also sends audio, text messages or pictures.

Dolton officials said it could help reduce violence in schools and strengthen community relationships with police because it reduces the fear associated with reporting crime.

"If people are afraid to call the police of repercussions of criminal elements if rectify these situations," Dolton Police Chief John Franklin said.

Chief Franklin said Dolton police are trained and up to speed on how the app works and how to use it in investigations. Right now, only Dolton residents can get iAlertU.

The creators of the app said they are in talks with Chicago Police.

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