Neighborhood Crime Watch - Help & FAQs
What is Neighborhood Crime Watch?
Neighborhood Crime Watch (NCW) Pro is an app named after neighborhood watch programs. It lets you to quickly take pictures, spot the location of suspicious activity and share the details with your neighbors and law enforcement.
WARNING: THIS APP IS NOT INTENDED FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES. PLEASE CALL 911 OR LOCAL POLICE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
This app is not affiliated with USAonWatch or any law enforcement agency.
A neighborhood watch program helps you effectively watch your neighborhood. It is neither a substitute for police protection nor a platform for taking the law into your own hands. It is designed to supplement police patrols by residents becoming the eyes and ears of law enforcement.
Three main principles of neighborhood watch are:
1. getting to know your neighbors and watching out for them.
2. watching out for your neighbor's property.
3. reporting suspicious or illegal activity to police immediately.
Where are the pictures saved?
The pictures that you shoot from this app are saved in the same directory as the other pictures that you shoot using the default camera app. They are typically stored in the internal storage of your device or an external SD card.
How do I share the pictures?
After spotting the location and entering the details, remember to attach the pictures in the email program before sending the email.
How do I spot and share the location of a neighborhood activity?
Once you click the spot button in the home screen, the app tries to spot your location using the device's GPS, cellular or wifi network. If it fails to find a location in 20 seconds it alerts you to manually spot your location on the map. Once you identify either your location or the location of the activity by clicking the spot on the map, then click the spot button underneath the map to save the location in the memory. It will be available for you to share using the share button. The location is shared as a hyperlink to Bing Maps website. You can clear a spotted location from the map screen at any time.
How can I share additional details about my neighborhood watch?
In addition to the pictures and the location, you will be able to describe the activity by typing in the details. You can enter the date and time of the activity, the details of the persons and vehicles involved in the activity as well. Once you have entered all the details you can click the send button to share them via email, sms or other online tools.
Are the details, pictures and location shared with anyone other than the recipients I choose?
No, the NCW app doesn't share the details with anyone. It merely formats the entered information in an email for you to share it with the recipients you choose.
How do I contact support?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and feedback. All emails will be responded typically within 24 hours.