A new app allows users to report crimes anonymously. The Brooklyn Quality of Life app allows users to take and submit photos and voice recordings. The app was created by Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) and developer Garth Naar of Mobile App Depot. A former police officer, Adams said people in high-crime areas don’t feel safe talking to the police.
The submissions are posted on a private Facebook page and shared with investigators. Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn) called the app foolish because it circumvents the police. But Adams said he plans on debriefing the NYPD about the app and hopes they will use it for leads. The app is a good supplement to 911, Naar said, because it allows users to pass on images and audio.