May 10, 2017

Kiosks deployed in hopes of solving crime

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers has a new tool in its belt to help solve crimes and apprehend wanted fugitives in Southwest Florida.  Late yesterday afternoon, kiosks were installed at two locations in downtown Fort Myers, featuring the stories of unsolved homicides, the pictures of wanted fugitives and reminders about public safety issues.  The kiosks are a new means to share information with the community, in hopes of generating new leads which will ultimately assist in putting criminals behind bars and reward money into the pockets of anonymous tipsters.  One kiosk is located on the first floor of the Constitutional Office building on Thompson Street and the second is at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrance to the Lee County Courthouse.  Within the next two weeks, a third kiosk, featuring identical information, will be installed in the Lee County Clerk of Court’s Office.

“Technology is constantly evolving, and we are excited to be growing with that trend,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “These kiosks afford the opportunity to have hundreds, if not thousands, of eyes on the photos of wanted criminals each and every day.  If a crime has just occurred, we now have the ability to upload video or photos of criminal suspects within a matter of minutes – as we did this morning with an armed robbery which occurred just after midnight in Punta Gorda.  Additionally, the kiosks also provide information on the various means that people can use to submit anonymous tips, including the traditional hotline number, the website and the P3Tips mobile app.”

To make communication with Crime Stoppers even easier, there are QR codes on each unit which, when scanned by a smartphone, will automatically link to either the P3Tips app.  Plans are in the works to have more kiosks placed in strategic, high visibility locations throughout the community later this summer or early this fall.

Note:  A photo of the kiosk, which changes screens every 10 seconds, is attached to this release.