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CATS mobile app allows riders to alert police of safety issues

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) announced Friday they are launching an app that will let riders alert transit police of safety concerns.

The “CATS See Say” app can be used by anyone on on CATS trains or buses as well as at facilities and bus stops.

CATS officials said the app's release is part of the national Homeland Security “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, aimed at raising public awareness of signs of terrorism and terrorism-related crime. 

"The CATS See Something, Say Something mobile app will take CATS rider involvement in transit safety to a new level," a release from CATS stated.

"Safety is and always will be a primary concern of CATS," CATS CEO John Lewis wrote. "Through the use of this mobile app, riders can have a bigger hand in helping our public transit system operate as safely as possible.”

Through the app, riders will be able to quickly submit reports of suspicious or criminal activity with photos, video, text descriptions and GPS maps, pinpointing the problem area. The app automatically disables the camera flash when the user takes a photo, to make it more discreet.

Riders are being encouraged to note descriptions of incidents such as unattended packages, concerning behavior or disorderly conduct, indecipherable odors, substances, or smoke. Their alerts should include the “who, what, when and where” of the concerns.

Reports submitted by the rider is sent directly to CATS Safety and Security teams, which are staffed 24 hours a day.

CATS will also have the ability to push out alerts to all riders who have the app.

The free “CATS See Say” app is available to all iPhones and Android phones. For more information on the app, click here.

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