Washington crime victims can now receive alerts and check on the real-time status of offenders through a new free mobile app.
VINEMobile enables victims of crime and the public to use smartphones or tablets to anonymously monitor the location and custody status of offenders in Washington correctional facilities and participating county and city jails. Users can also register for around the clock phone, email, or TTY device notifications when an offender's custody status changes. Those changes include an offender's, transfer, release, or death. VINEMobile is a mobile app version of WASAVIN (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification), an automated victim notification service which can be accessed at www.vinelink.com or 1-877-846-3492.
“We’re very pleased to make this app available on smartphones and tablets, so victims of crime have another option to register for important notifications about offenders in custody,” Sheriff Rick Scott said.
This new mobile app is hands-on and immediate,” Mitch Barker, Executive Director, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, said. “Victims, advocates, law enforcement, and the public can use the app to quickly and easily register for instant offender movement notifications. It’s another piece of a community’s safety plan.” WASAVIN has provided information and notifications about offenders in custody since 2007.
Downloading the VINEMobile App
The app, developed by Appriss Inc., is available for both Android and Apple devices. For Android devices, users can search in Google Play using the search term “VINEMobile.” For Apple devices, users can search in the Apple App Store using the search term “VINEMobile” under “iPhone Apps” (the VINEMobile app currently appears in the Apple App Store only as an iPhone app, but will run on an iPad).