By Erin Durkin
August 12, 2015
A bill will be introduced in the City Council Thursday to require the city to come up with a plan to allow New Yorkers to contact 911 by text.
Residents could send a regular text message describing their emergency - and could also zap over photos and videos from the scene.
The ability could prove crucial in dicey situations where a crime victim or onlooker needs to contact emergency responders on the sly, sponsors said.
“There’s all sorts of cases where for safety or anonymity, voice calls are just not appropriate,” said Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan). “Maybe there’s an assailant in your home, and you don’t want to alert them that you’re hiding under the bed.”
Smart phone users could send in photos of suspects or scenes or videos of crimes in progress.
Levine also said young people wary of calling the cops might be more willing to text.
“This is the go to form of communication. It’s their first reflex, and it’s what they’re most comfortable with,” he said.