Looking to cut down on crime? There's an App for that

Looking to cut down on crime? There's an App for that

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you can't afford to install high tech surveillance cameras to keep an eye on your home, you might be in luck. There's an App for that.

Over in the Cannon Hill neighborhood The Scoop is serving up ice cream along with a firm stance on intruders. After a thief broke in and stole money last month, owner Jennifer Davis came up with a cost-saving way to have eyes on their ice cream shop.

"I couldn't afford the Costco cameras or the packages that they had," she said.

Instead she found an App called manything which lets you turn your iPhone or iPad into a security camera.

"You can see it real time going on, you can also review the film later on your laptop," Davis said.

You don't have to search through hours of footage as the timeline will track noise and movement, and its one of several free services Davis uses to help secure The Scoop. She also uses Next Door, which is a private social network for the neighborhood, where you can let neighbors know of everything from a bake sale to a burglary.

Even though neighbors have reported recent break-ins, crime is actually down; in fact Spokane Police said residential burglaries in the Manito and Cannon Hill areas have dropped by nearly 12-percent, vehicle thefts are down by 11-percent and garage burglaries are down 31-percent.

"I think there is definitely vigilance about it, they share it, get the word out there, and a couple of times we've been really helpful in getting information out there to police," Davis said.