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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This New BART App Will Help You Catch Criminals and Idiotic Passengers

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

click to enlarge There's an app for that
  • There's an app for that

You know how you love to snap images and videos of all the nefarious activities on BART -- people humping and running around naked? Well, BART's hoping you'll channel that voyeuristic energy into helping them catch crooks.

BART is offering up a new free app to all riders which will make it easy for everyone to report crimes in real-time. With the new app, passengers can snap photos of suspicious items or activities or other safety hazards -- like drunks on the tracks -- along the BART system.

The new app has been a longtime coming since riders have been asking for a "safe, silent and discreet way" to communicate with BART when bad shit goes down on the train or at the stations.

"This app will be free for BART riders to download from our website in a few months," said BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey. "Riders will be able to upload pictures and location information, choose comments from dropdown menus or write their own comments in text boxes. BART will be the first transit agency to offer both Spanish and Simplified Chinese options for the app."

More importantly, the app will feature a silent photo and flash-free feature and is GPS-enabled, giving passengers a high-tech way to participate in the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.

Which reminds us: If you haven't programmed the BART Police phone number in your iPhone do it now (510) 464-7000.

BART will give passengers a heads up when the app is ready. Stay tuned.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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