Saleem Usama is behind the new software that allows users to report online the location of people dressed in clown masks or costumes.
“There are so many spottings going on we have to work on which ones are real and which ones are not,” Usama told Global News.
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The 18 year old John Abbott College plans an updated version that will require users to take photos of the clowns before reporting a citing.
Usama hopes the app will be a useful tool as Halloween approaches.
There have been nine reported cases to the Montreal Police Department in the last three years and recently sightings and threats of people dressed as clowns has spiked in the U.S.
Waring a mask isn’t a crime but the SPVM is asking people to report any suspicious behaviour.
“If you’re scared by someone having a mask or bizarre behaviour don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 or to go to your local police station,” Manuel Couture told Global News.