ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
Now all it takes is a simple photo or leaving a voice mail to get information about suspicious activity in the hands of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
"We've kind of moved into that electronic age and so everyone seems to have some kind of a smart phone and has a the ability to download the app. Some people that may have in the past maybe not known the phone number to call or wasn't sure the steps to go about making a report of an incident," Sgt. Gara Howard with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The department's free phone app makes it easier to report activity in your area while also featuring links like troop locations, ways to thank a trooper, and driver manuals.
Though troopers say the app shouldn't be used to report serious things like an accident, it can help with other investigations.
"Maybe they have some issues with traffic busy in a certain area that occurs daily or maybe it is some suspected drug issues in a part of a county that they live in," Howard said.
Every tip that gets sent in through the phone app is anonymous.
"Just not sure about getting their name out there to report something or they don't want other people to find out that they're the ones that made some kind of report so hopefully the anonymous part will urge people," Howard said.
All it takes is a simple click and troopers will have all the information needed to start investigating.
"App just makes it easier for the technology that we have available to us today," Howard said.
Those who monitor the tips are able to forward the information on to other law enforcement agencies if it falls under their jurisdiction.
The phone application is available both on Apple and on Android.