Worried about the growing crime rate and the safety of your dear ones? Pick up your smartphones and get ready to fight crime, says the Bengaluru Police. If an ambitious plan of the city police becomes real, citizens will soon be able to turn their mobiles phones into public surveillance cameras.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi has exhorted citizens to make use of Twitter's live video streaming app, Periscope to report incidents of brawls, instances of public nuisance and road violations.

Once a video is uploaded on Periscope, the police control room based on the location tag will dispatch a team. "We hope that it will work as a live surveillance camera in everybody's pocket," Reddi told The Economic Times.

The Bengaluru Police have an active presence on Twitter and Facebook. They are also planning to use the platform to host press conferences. It will help the police to interact and get real-time feedbacks from the public, Reddi added.

Periscope, a popular app, was bought over by Twitter in March 2015. It is considered the Instagram of live video streaming.

And if all goes as planned, it could soon also become India's favourite crime fighting app as well. 

Periscope Add-ons

Periscope, recently started allowing even non-Twitter users to sign up for the video streaming service. According to CNBC, the company is also planning on introducing several changes to attract more users. Some new additions that would be cooperated into the live video streaming app include: giving users option to save and embed video and introducing landscape streaming mode.