EL CENTRO, CA (13 On Your Side) - If you don't think of your smart phone as a crime fighting tool - think again.
A new phone app that alerts victims about violent criminals is being used by the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.
Benny Benavidez, Chief Probation Officer - who oversees the Victim's Witness Program in Imperial County - says the Vinemobile App will allow the Sheriff's department to track violent criminals - and alert them when they've been released from jail.
Victims have been able to get phone calls and email notifications through the extended online version of Vinemobile - through Victim Information Website Notification Everyday.
Now, victims and other concerned citizens, can download the free app - Vinemobile - and be notified about their offender via phone call, e-mail, text message or through the app itself - 24 hours a day.
Benavidez says the Victim's Witness Program helps 40 different victims of a crime - each month - and this app will further put their minds at ease.
"You know, it's the sense of mind, that peacefulness that a victim can have. Knowing that the culprit is away or that there is no need to fear that person," says Benavidez, "In your domestic violence or your violent type of crimes. Sexual crimes, child abuse. These kinds of crimes."
The Imperial County Sheriff's Office launched the app last week.
Right now - it is only available for iPhone and Android users. But you can still receive phone calls and e-mail alerts by registering through VINE online - with all other cell phones.
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