By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – For the first time the Lubbock Police Department will use text messages, web based messages and a mobile phone application to fight crime.
LPD launched the text-a-tip system Wednesday. Now the community will use the popular technology to send non-emergency Crime Line tips anonymously.
For every new tip, you will text 274637 and must include the keyword "LBKTIPS" at the beginning of your text message followed by a space.
The police department gave this example on their website. "LBKTIPS In my neighborhood, I spotted the arson suspect from the recent park fires. I saw the person in a white older model pick-up. Location: 200 Block of Texas Avenue".
People who use this system can even upload photos and stream video. And like the Crime Line phone number, as always all the informants will remain anonymous even through text and email.
"The notification is always given an alias and a unique identifier before being sent. This secure application allows the tipster and the investigator to have a two way dialogue while always keeping the users identity completely anonymous," said Lt. Neal Barron, Lubbock Police Department.
Barron said they will use the TipsSoft software created by Anderson Software, LLC to ensure the person who tips off the crime remains completely anonymous. All the tips are sent directly from the company's secure remote server to the law enforcement agency.
The new technology will make it easier for Lubbockites to conveniently submit information about a crime when they see it happen immediately.
Now there is even a free iPhone and iPad app, TipSubmit Mobile that the Anderson Software, LLC said that will take helping police to the next level. On their website it said the benefits for this mobile avenue include "unlimited length messages, fully anonymous two-way dialogue and even virtual chat mode when both parties are online".
According to the Anderson Software, LLC website the Android and Blackberry applications will be available next month.
More than 600 law enforcement agencies across the country including the New York Police Department and The Los Angeles Police Department and The Texas Department of Public Safety have implemented these systems. And now LPD is following the lead and increase the amount of tip offs.
Lieutenant Neal Barron with LPD said Sergeant Mark Wims coined the idea of bring this technology to Lubbock. They have been working on getting it since October of last year. The non-profit agency Crime Line of Lubbock stepped in to be the backbone in funding the program.
LPD advises emergencies to call 911.
For more information go to http://police.ci.lubbock.tx.us/crime/SubmitATip.aspx
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