Your phone could be a key wit­ness

Western Times - - OLDER & WISER -

IF YOU ob­serve an in­ci­dent you think should be re­ported to au­thor­i­ties you now have the handy op­tion of us­ing the phone app iWit­nessed to im­me­di­ately record the de­tails.

Re­tired as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice and now chair­man of Crime Stop­pers Queens­land, Andy Hen­der­son, said it was im­per­a­tive a per­son not only took note of an in­ci­dent, but also im­me­di­ately made a record of it.

“Hav­ing it by phone, you have a num­ber of ways you can record it – by typ­ing it in, or talk­ing to the phone and record­ing it, or you can use your phone to take a pho­to­graph,” Mr Hen­der­son said.

“The im­por­tant thing is you are get­ting an ac­cu­rate record as quickly as pos­si­ble af­ter the ac­tual in­ci­dent has oc­curred.”

iWit­nessed is a free app that can be down­loaded for both iPhones and an­droid phones.

It has been de­vel­oped to help wit­nesses record de­tailed ac­counts of any type of event at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity and in a way that helps pre­serve the mem­ory of the event.

The in­for­ma­tion is not au­to­mat­i­cally sent to the po­lice, but you can choose to share it with them.

The app can be used by wit­nesses and vic­tims to record what was seen or heard at a traf­fic ac­ci­dent or a ma­jor in­ci­dent, or for record­ing on­go­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents.

To down­load iWit­nessed, go to Google Play or the Ap­ple Store.

If you don’t have a mo­bile phone or don’t want to use the app, you can con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestop­pers.com.au.

If a sit­u­a­tion is ur­gent, phone 000.

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