Utah police get tips via text messages, apps

Police in Utah can now get anonymous tips on crime through a new online system that accepts text messages, Sarah Rich writes in Government Technology.

More than 50 Utah law enforcement agencies said they'll start using TipSoft, a national program privately operated by CrimeReports.com that allows people to submit anonymous crime tips via text, through a smart-phone app or online at the program’s website, according to the story.

People can text encrypted tips on cell phones by messaging “274637” (CRIMES). Users of iPhones and Android can download a free app to submit tips; the app also can take tips through videos or photos. The information is sent to the agency in the program that’s nearest to the online tipster, the article states.

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