A new app will be made available in April that will allow individuals to discreetly notify TransLink’s Transit Police of suspicious and questionable behaviour on the Metro Vancouver transit system.
A majority of the problems on transit are related to unwanted sexual advances. Since many people are already on their phone texting, one would simply send a text code to alert the authorities. The code will alert Transit Police immediately to deal with the situation.
The Transit Police text code 877777 has been in place since December 2013 and has already helped catch a number of suspects. The new app will complement the text messaging system and is expected to launch in the second week of April.
It should be noted that this app is not a replacement for 9-1-1. In an emergency one should always dial 9-1-1 immediately.
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