LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In this new, digital generation, we often rely on apps for daily information. Now, apps have been created in hopes of a safer, more aware generation.
An app called "Tip Submit" lets you alert law enforcement officers if you see a crime.
The department chair of computer science at UALR, Ramzi Seker, says there are numerous apps that can help you stay safe. Now thanks to smart phones, all it takes is the click of a button to find out how many sex offenders live near you or where crime occurs.
Another app geared toward keeping families together is the "Child Identification" app by the FBI. It allows you to take pictures and video of your child and upload it to your phone along with some personal information.
Special agent, Kimberly Brunell, says time is crucial when it comes to missing children so the quicker officers have pictures the better.
Brunell says, "It's handy in the event the unlikely happens and their child is lost and by having this information handy they can quickly get that info out to law enforcement."
While all these apps are designed to keep you safe they certainly do not guarantee safety. Seker says no matter how much information we have about an area when it comes to crime the apps aren't always updated with the latest information so, we have to still be aware of our surroundings.
"This does not protect you from crime, at the end of the day it's up to the user to make the decision, it's not fool proof, it is not to replace basic common sense."