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The Trains Have Eyes: BART Launches an Instagram for Bad Behavior 

Tuesday, Sep 2 2014

BART has launched a new app that'll let riders immediately report crimes in real-time and, like an Instagram for bad behavior, even upload photos of miscreants.

The transit agency says it's responding to demands from riders for a silent and discreet way to report crimes to BART police while they're on a train or in a station. So here it is, by popular demand: BART Watch.

"The BART Watch app will be free for BART riders to download from our website or they can go directly to the Apple App Store or Google Play," says BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey. "This new technology will allow us to partner with our riders so they can 'See Something, Say Something,' and help us keep the system safer and more secure."

Once you download the app, you can send a text message with a description of the incident and a photo of said crime to BART police. There's also a "one tap" button that will connect you with BART Police by phone.

There are fancy pull-down menus that will let riders choose the kind of crime they'd like to report, including Crime in Progress (public defecation), Illegally Parked Vehicle, Disruptive Behavior, Robbery/Theft, Unattended Bag or Package, and Vandalism.

But the most infamous misbehavior on or about BART of late has been perpetrated by the BART police. When asked what the police would do when sent images of police misconduct, Deputy Chief Ben Fairow paused. "I guess we'd just treat it like a complaint."


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