The Tampa Police Department recently launched a free smartphone app to help inform residents and help solve crime.

The app allows local residents to submit anonymous tips to police and to learn more about unsolved crimes and “most wanted” persons in the area. The app also allows users to upload photos, serial numbers and descriptions of valuable items that can be immediately emailed to the police if they are stolen.

About 1,000 people have downloaded to app to their iPhone or Android since it was launched last month. Police Chief Jane Castor said they receive an average of three tips a day through the app.

Castor said, “Social media is the way that people are communicating these days, and we just thought this was the next step.”

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

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