From The Plain Dealer

Citing the value of citizen tips in the aftermath of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, Ohio Homeland Security announced Friday the launch of an app designed to make it easier to send tips to law enforcement.

The free Safer Ohio app is the latest crime tip submission app that allows users to send a note or a picture of suspicious activity to state Homeland Security analysts anytime, but officials hope it will be most useful during large-scale events, like the upcoming Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.

“The public’s reporting of suspicious activity is one of our best defenses against terrorist threats and our greatest resource to building resilience,” John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, said in a press release. “An aware and engaged public that understands what constitutes unusual and suspicious behavior is essential to protecting our communities. And this function of the application gives citizens one more way to share this vital information.”

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