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Ohio’s Homeland Security Office releases Safer Ohio app

(Toledo News Now) -

There's a new way to fight crime in your neighborhood, or even stop a potential terrorist attack, and it's something you can find right on your phone.

It's called Safer Ohio, and it's an app just developed by Ohio's Homeland Security Office.

The is available for your smart phone or tablet, and allows users multiple options to report suspicious activity.

Chief Goss says the Safer Ohio app has potential to keep northwest Ohioans safe.

"We can investigate it, you know, maybe prevent a potential catastrophe," said Rossford Police Chief Glenn Goss.

Ohio Homeland Security says it launched the free app to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The app gives you the option to take a photo of something that just doesn't look right.

"A guy goes into the store every day for 5 days but walks back out with no groceries, no bag.  You know, is he casing the place," said Chief Goss in an example of suspicious activity.  "What is he up to?  What is he doing in there?  If that is suspicious, get a picture."

You can also send a note, like a text, with important details.  Your information will go to state homeland security analysts who will then decide if it must followed up on or if local police should get involved.

Chief Goss says you should still call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

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