Crooks targeted by new cell phone app
GONZALES - Detectives in Ascension Parish are getting tips instantly and anonymously.
"It's absolutely one hundred percent full proof anonymous," Ascension Parish Sheriff Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said.
The 'APSO Tips' app is available for all Android and iPhone users and gives residents a new way to stay behind the scenes but still give the 411.
Deputies have collected anonymous tips through text messages for several years but the application is the newest addition.
"Probably 80 percent of those tips have been of value," Bacala said.
The app is set-up through Citizens Observer, and even if police get a false or misleading tip, who sent it cannot be traced back.
"We really have to be careful that we don't accept every tip as 100 percent reliable...and certainly if someone comes forward and identifies themselves it carries a little more weight," Bacala said.
Deputies can communicate with the tipster through the app, but the tipster has all the power. If they feel too pushed, they can end the communication with just a click.
Bacala wants residents to know the app does not take the place of emergencies. He advises people in those situations to call 911.