Updated: January 3, 2013 6:01AM
South Suburban College recently unveiled iWatchSouthSuburban, a mobile application that enables the campus community to turn in tips, images and videos about crimes or suspicious activities directly to law enforcement from almost any mobile phone or computer.
Users can remain anonymous or may choose to disclose their identity. Crime tips or suspicious activity reports can be submitted through the application as a text message, email or phone call. All tips are sent in real time to law enforcement.
School officials said iWatchSouthSuburban should not be used for emergency situations and is not a substitute for calling 911 or Ext. 2235 on campus.
Ways to report using the iWatch program include using the application; sending a text message to (708) 377-2913; visiting www.ssc.edu/iWatch; or calling (708) 377-2913.
Standard carrier costs, fees, taxes and text messaging and data rates may apply. Text “iWatch” to (708) 572-0976 to download instructions.
South Suburban College was the first college in the United States to sign on to the iWatch program, and other Illinois institutions already have followed suit, school officials said.
“We are very proud of our Campus Police Department and our overall campus safety at South Suburban College,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, chairman of the SSC board. “We think that iWatchSouthSuburban will only add another level of security and comfort for our students and visitors.”