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Chicago businesswomen create new anti-crime app

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One of the greatest obstacles Chicago police have in solving crimes is the unwillingness of people to report what they have seen, but two Chicago businesswomen hope to bridge the gap between police and witnesses.

It's an app that the developers say would allow people to truly remain anonymous while at the same time reporting crime in real time.

The app is called IALERTU and its being pitched to Chicago police and other agencies as a way for people to text information from their smart phone to police or send pictures or video about what's happening.

The app uses GPS and would work by sending the information to the nearest Chicago a police station where an officer could see the alert and the location it came from within seconds.

People who have the app can remain anonymous by setting up their account with fictitious information, like a fake Facebook account.

The developers hope it can be more than a crime reporting tool.

"The development of the app is really not to catch those people, but if we can stop them from even committing the crime by knowing that this app is out there they will thing twice about a crime," Victoria Shannon explains.

The app also has variation names like "aact" aimed at schools which teachers and staff could have in case of emergencies. The app would allow them to send similar texts, pictures or videos to the security officers at the school to call for help or report problems.

The developers have not had a chance to talk directly with police or CPS, but hope to soon.

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