As of Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE -- Now smartphone addicts can do something good with all that texting.
The Snellville Police Department announced Thursday a new initiative allowing concerned citizens to send crime tips to the department via text message, creating a two-way dialogue that remains "completely secure and anonymous."
Using a software called TipSoft, residents can text tips to "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword "SNELLPD."
"The widespread use of text messaging makes it easy for the public to help law enforcement agencies fight crime," Chief Roy Whitehead said. "And with TipSoft, they can know that it's safe for them to do the right thing without ever disclosing their identity."
Potential tipsters are encouraged to use the software to report "non-urgent illegal activity" like vandalism, theft, the sale or distribution of drugs, and information regarding unsolved cases or planned crimes. The service allows users to remain anonymous by encrypting text messages, assigning them a unique alias and routing them through secure servers, officials said.
"The Snellville Police Department is demonstrating its commitment to the public and to public safety by using technology to prevent, reduce and solve crime," said Greg Whisenant, the CEO of TipSoft maker CrimeReports. "With TipSoft, agencies can invite the public to take an active role in making their communities safer."