- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California transit system has unveiled a smartphone and table app that allows riders to discreetly report suspicious or illegal activity.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/2cm1Up0 ) that Sacramento Regional Transit released Alert SacRT on Tuesday. The app is part of an ongoing effort to improve rider safety on the systems’ trains and buses.

Transit officials say it allow people to send photos, text messages or six-second videos to transit police, and they can do so anonymously if they wish. Officials say it also automatically disables the camera flash.

RT General Manager Henry Li said in a statement that the transit system wants riders to be more engaged. Li said the new app will make it easy for passengers to report nuisance or criminal activity.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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