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App Turns iPhone Into Crime Scene Tool

App Turns iPhone Into Crime Scene Tool

Stopping a crime is now as easy as launching an app on a smartphone. 

Developed by the victim of a crime, Thugs Mug is a safety protection app for the iPhone and iPad designed to capture potential evidence of a crime — including the perpetrator's picture.

In the event of an emergency, the Thugs Mug app can be activated to take pictures and email your preselected emergency contacts with a picture and your location. Emergency contacts receive a message telling them to check on the user's safety, along with a link to a map of their location. The app also simultaneously calls 911 to alert them of the trouble. Users are encouraged to launch the app ahead of time when they’re at places such as ATM machines, parking lots, bus stops, subways, train stations and malls, or while on vacation or walking or jogging alone.

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Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.