Street Patrol: iWatch Dallas and Mobile Crime Tipping
Community Watch and Mobile Crime Tipping
The population of Texas is currently estimated at a little over 28 million. And with roughly 77,800 licensed law enforcement officers in the State, it’s easy to see how many who commit crimes get away because law enforcement didn’t become involved. Mobile crime tipping, however, is changing that.
Texans can now report crimes as quickly as they can send a text. No more waiting on the non-emergency lines for hours. No more trips to the sheriff’s office. Today, you can report a crime by sending a quick text to a mobile crime tipping line. iWatch Dallas is one such crime tipping channel that allows citizens to report criminal activity in the Dallas area easily, quickly and anonymously.
Eyes on Texas
As a community awareness program, it relies on community members to step forward if they have knowledge of crimes or criminal activities. Although a law enforcement detective will review every “tip”, he or she may or may not pursue the lead. Law enforcement triages tips and other reports and responds appropriately.
Nevertheless, it’s important to be aware of this outlet and the risk it poses. Mobile crime tipping means eyes in the community can act as eyes of police officers, increasing the reach and scope of law enforcement. Is this bad? Not necessarily. But keep in mind; people falsely identify criminals every day, making this extended reach potentially risky to anyone who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time.
An Attorney Can Help Challenge the Credibility of Crime Tips and Testimony
If you are facing criminal charges in the Dallas area, contact a Dallas criminal defense attorney immediately. People do make false reports both intentionally and unintentionally. Not every crime tip will lead to the evidence needed to convict you. Therefore, it’s important to discuss your charges with an attorney to ensure your case—and your future—does not depend on spurious or incredible crime tips or witness testimony.
Each criminal case is unique. Moreover, not every case is valid, which is why it’s so crucial to work with a criminal defense attorney when facing any criminal charge in Texas. A Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney can thoroughly evaluate the evidence and advise you on how you can approach your defense and mitigate the consequences of your charges.
If you’re facing criminal charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on your rights and help you protect them. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.