NYC 911 to Start Accepting Picturemail

NYC's Mayor Bloomberg announced during his state of the city address yesterday that he wants to encourage people to report crimes using their cameraphones. The system isn't set up yet, but Bloomie forsees that "if you see a crime in progress or a dangerous building condition, you'll be able to transmit images to 911 or online to nyc.gov."

Snapping pics of a robbery in process with your phone sounds great and all, but I predict that this will be used to report things like potholes and minor building code violations by neighbors a helluva lot more. If there's anything I know about us New Yorkers, it's that we never turn down an opportunity to bitch and moan. Thanks for giving us a chance to tattle to you, Mike!

City 911 to add video [Newsday via Picturephoning]