ICE BlackBox app allows iPhone, Android users to send videos of crimes to police, family, friends

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A new smartphone app could help police solve crimes by allowing citizens to record videos of potential criminal activity and immediately send them to police and loved ones at the click of a button.

Android and iPhone users can download ICE BlackBox for free. Users are asked to allow the app to access contact information, location and camera.

When a user records a video in the app, it is immediately uploaded to the cloud. The video is then listed on the smart phone app and a link to the video with location information can be shared via email or text message. The video cannot be deleted from the cloud through the app.

The app description suggests users use the app to record video of domestic abuse, hate crimes, law enforcement stops, animal abuse, workplace harassment and any incident where a crime is possible.

Sgt. Chris Snyder with the Elkhart Police Department said that the app is a good idea because audio and video recordings can increase the chances an arrest will be made.

“You can take a video and the fact that it sends it to the cloud for storage, which means that even if its deleted from that phone or we don’t have access to that phone, that video is still available which is very beneficial to law enforcement,” Snyder told 95.3 MNC’s news partners at ABC 57.

The app is available for free in the App Store and the Google Play Store.