A Grande Prairie technology professional is doing what he can to help prevent crime.
Darren Boyer developed the Lightcatch app last year, which is free to download and use, so users in can share information about crime issues in their neighbourhoods.
“It’s an app that allows anyone to take a photo or video or send a text message, even call in as well,” says Boyer.
“All the information you input can also be put on a map, so the efficiency is much higher in terms of information is much higher than a text based group, for example.”
Boyer also says users of the app can keep their privacy.
“We guard everyone’s privacy and safety completely,” stresses Boyer.
“That allows people to contribute without fear of their identity or location being revealed. All they need to do is indicate with the suspect, or suspicious activity is taking place to add value to the police in helping stop the suspect.”
Boyer also wanted to praise Northern Sunrise County Councillor, Coreena Williams, and Peace River Town Councillor, Orren Ford, for taking the initiative to have a rural crime prevention forum and keep residents up-to-date on crime trends and technologies to prevent it.
“It is a privilege to work with Orren and Coreena,” states Boyer.
“They are some of the most respected leaders of a rural crime watch organization in Alberta that I have had the privilege to work with, and I have worked with about a dozen.”