Crime is a problem in virtually all neighborhoods. Citizens form block watch groups to help spot and stop crime and to encourage people to be vigilant. Everyone wants to feel safe in his or her own home and on his or her own street, but many do not. Criminal behavior in neighborhoods has turned homes into prisons.
In areas of high crime, many residents are often fearful of going outside after dark. People can sometimes feel trapped in their own homes because of the amount of crime on their block. Calling the police is out of the question for some who fear retaliation if criminals became aware of their doing so, even though many hotlines assert that the callers can remain anonymous.
The internet is a place where people are afforded much more anonymity, and this is an option for reporting crimes that might be more appealing to some people. When fearful citizens can report their observations online, they might feel more secure than doing so by phone or face-to-face. A website dedicated to crime stopping would also be a safe haven for communicating with others. It could offer a unique way to exchange ideas and information, and the results could mean safer streets and neighborhoods for those involved.
People who report crimes often have to make it official by filling out forms and submitting them to the proper authorities. Many individuals balk at this because it is a hassle. They have to go somewhere to fill out the reports; it is time-consuming and it rarely yields positive results. Having the ability to do this online would save travel time, and it streamlines the process to make it more efficient.
It might be time for crime stopping to enter the internet age. Giving concerned citizens an opportunity to report criminal activity online, interact with other like-minded residents and do the tiresome formalities from their home computer.