In the hopes of helping police solve more crimes, a New Jersey county is implementing a new service allowing residents to submit text messages anonymously to law enforcement.
Salem County’s law enforcement now allows people to share information with police by sending text messages about crimes through an online tool called tip411.
Tip411 allows anyone with a cell phone to text tips to police, and then officers can respond back, creating a 100% anonymous conversation.
Using the free app, residents can send a tip to any Salem County law enforcement agency by using the keyword for the agency and their message/tip to 847411.
Each police department in Salem County has its’ own keywords as listed:
- Carneys Point Police Department-CPTIP
- Elmer Police Department-EBPD
- Lower Alloways Creek Police Department-LACPD
- New Jersey State Police-NJSPWOOD
- Penns Grove Police Department-PGPD
- Pennsville Police Department-PVPD
- Salem Police Department-SCPD
- Salem County Sheriff’s Office-SCSD
- Salem County Prosecutor’s Office-SCPO
- Woodstown Police Department-WPDTIP
The system is receiving positive reviews and has been used in over 1,200 communities, including Atlantic City, Bridgeton, Glassboro and Vineland.
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“Tip411 allows a safe and secure way for community members to share important information with police without fear of retribution,” said Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan.
Authorities encourage users to continue to dial 911 for emergencies, but to use tip411 for unsolved crimes or suspicious activity.