Crowdsourcing as a form of modern day crime prevention.

With apps like Ring’s Neighborhoods users are able to opt into a network composed of neighbors in a given radius. Allowing users to upload video footage to alert others of activities within the given area.

Other apps like Citizen sends out alerts when the activity is in progress, possibly a crime (Citizen reports on 911 calls), which can minimize or isolate the incident from spreading. Citizen also takes the next step of validating accuracy. Using the smartphone’s GPS, users within a given radius of the activity are allowed to video the progress of the situation, while others outside of that said radius will not be able to record footage, hence avoiding fake news.