Scottsdale citizens able to fight crime anonymously with text, “app,” and computer tips
Oct. 9, 2012
Contact: Officer David Pubins, Public Information Officer,
480-312-1911 or email: DPubins@ScottsdaleAZ.gov
Scottsdale citizens able to fight crime anonymously
with text, “app,” and computer tips
The Scottsdale Police Department is using new software which opens new ways for citizens to share anonymous crime tips.
Called TipSoft, the program allows citizens to send anonymous crime tips via computer, smart phone or cell phone to help partner with Scottsdale police in fighting crime. The “tipster” can also receive information on the tip while their identity remains unknown to investigators.
Previously, a citizen’s only option for providing an anonymous crime tip was by placing a phone call.
Text users can now send information to “CRIMES” or 274637, by entering keyword scottsdalepd. Simply text your tip and it is encrypted as it goes through secure servers protecting the identity of the tip sender. Computer or mobile phone users can submit their tip through our website, “or app,” which allows users to select the location of the crime, provide details, and upload pictures.
The TipSoft software was created by the firm Crime Reports.
As helpful as this service is, it does not replace calling 911 in case of an emergency or to report a crime in progress. By guaranteeing anonymity we are hopeful that those who may have been reluctant in the past will now be willing to share information that may be the difference in identifying and apprehending a criminal.
For more information or to enter a tip go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Police/events/crimetip.