As the value of the Self Evident App in helping victims, witnesses, front line officers and courts has been established, we agree that it is for the police and the government – rather than this charity and social enterprise – to make the best use of this new technology to enable the public to report crime and provide validated evidence to the police. For this reason, the App and Service the charity promotes and the charity’s activities are no longer functioning at this time.
Self Evident has been developed as a free, convenient and effective way for people across England & Wales to engage with the police. With 28,000 registered users already, the app has been used daily to report crime and capture and validate digital evidence.
Self Evident makes it easy for people to
- file a crime report with the police from their smartphone
- send the police photo and video evidence,
- record a reliable statement,
- keep a secure record of their report and evidence, and
- validate the evidence they have captured.
Watch the Met Police tutorial video below on how easy the app is to use.
What users say
“You can show when and where you were and attach photos”
“Its really helpful you can describe the event and capture the emotion of what happened”
“It gives you confidence. It’s almost like having a witness with you”
Met Police report on Self Evident
In its comprehensive report on the App, the Met Police found that…
“Since launch Self Evident has succeeded in
- Becoming the leading, most practical crime reporting app on Android & Apple
- Crucially assisting the public & Police to capture & exhibit evidence with ease
- Saving Police time & reducing the barrier to reporting by creating a solution to the digital incapability of Police services
- Allowing for better triaging of reports entering Police systems
- Being recognised by the CPS as a secure & legitimate evidence provider
- Providing Police officers evidence required to arrest & charge suspects
- Securing convictions at court, based on evidence gathered on Self Evident”
Boris Johnson’s 2012 manifesto for London Mayor pledged to “develop a crime-reporting app for smartphones, allowing the public to immediately report crimes using their smartphone, including pictures and footage, and making it faster and easier to report crimes.” This pledge was delivered when Self Evident launched and in 2016 Boris Johnson reiterated his commitment stating that Self Evident helped “increase reporting even further, boosting confidence, reducing repeat offences and helping victims get the support they need.”
Witness Confident and Just Evidence
The App and the Service were developed and provided by Just Evidence, a sibling social enterprise. Witness Confident has been promoting the crime reporting functions and benefits of the app.