Digital system allows Android users to report crime

Suppose a crook takes your wallet or purse but not your mobile device?

Or maybe you have suspicions about that waiter in the local restaurant.

In both cases, the security ministry has an Android application for you.

The application is designed to prevent crimes, said the ministry. In conjunction with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Gobierno Digital program, the application is available via Google.

The software has several functions. First, it offers advice for citizens to take to protect themselves under different scenarios, said the ministry, correctly called the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

But the device also provides a way to report a crime in real time. Assuming the crook has not taken the mobile device, a user can register and then file a report to the local police.

The ministry did not say if this would take the place of a formal crime report to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Still, it is supposed to generate a response from the Fuerza Pública.

The program also provides access to a data base of most wanted individuals where you can check out that suspicious waiter.

The application is only available for Android devices, and the user has to have or create a Gmail account with Google for it to function.

The application can be downloaded by clicking on the icon above.

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