BART Watch: Free Security App for Riders.
The BART Watch App offers the public a quick and discreet method for reporting suspicious activity directly to BART Police. The app can send pictures, text messages, and locations of suspicious people or activities. From the home screen, users have two easy options for contacting BART Police:
* The “Report a Problem” button allows users to send text or photos directly to BART Police. To ensure discretion, the camera flash is automatically disabled when photos are taken through the app. When reporting an issue, users can select locations and report categories to assist BART Police. Riders can also send reports anonymously if they chose.
* The “Call BART Police” button will connect customers directly to BART Police.
The application is designed for BART. If you send a report in an area without cellular connectivity, it will be stored and sent when connectivity returns. The system is also designed to send text messages before pictures so that BART Police can get app reports as quickly as possible.
BOLO (Be On the Look Out) Alerts. BOLO Alerts on the BART Watch App may display alerts from BART Police about specific persons of interest. For example, BART Watch may display information about a missing person or child, such as where they were last seen. If you see a person from a BOLO, immediately call 911 and send an app report to BART Police discreetly.
Help keep BART safe, "See something, Say something."
Ratings and Reviews
It makes NO DIFFERENCE sometimes, other times it does
I have had luck with this app where police show up when there is a problem reported. The weird thing about them showing up is they announce once they arrive to the train "did somebody call for police assistance? ". Well, I hate to break it to you but sometimes people don't want to be outed like that, especially when they're reporting disruptive behavior or a crime in progress. Another time, I reported massive amounts of drug use (with video), I got no response and I'm sure nothing happened. The app in theory, is a good idea but in reality people on the other end actually need to respond for it to work.
Quick text response, no police response
At 6 am, two passengers in the next seat were actively shooting up and one was fumbling with his sharp. I texted Bart watch, because I was afraid he had dropped his needle on the seat for another passenger to sit on.
I immediately received a response from dispatch, but no cops came. When I texted back, the dispatcher asked me if I would consider making a citizen’s arrest. I had no idea how that works and was texting BART because I was afraid to confront these people shooting up.
BART police never showed up while I was on the train. and BART ignored my request for confirmation that the police ever responded.
BART Doesn’t Really Care
Report all you want, BART isn’t doing anything about it. I guess this app checks some box to make it appear they care about safety of passengers. I’ve lost count of how many times of reported disruptive behavior or crime in progress and nothing has happened.
The one and only time I saw police get on a train was after a woman was yelling about killing all the Mexicans, killing all the white peoples, killing all the black people, cutting heads off and shooting people up. . . BART cops got on the train, talked to her for about 30 seconds, cops left, the woman stayed, and on the train went!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.