Have a Crime to Report? There's an App for That!
FAIRFAX COUNTY CRIME SOLVERS
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Contact: PFC Shelley Broderick
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
Office – 703-246-2253
Have a Crime to Report? There’s an App for That!
Fairfax County Crime Solvers has provided an anonymous tip line for the public to report crime since 1979. In 2008 we introduced secure text and email capabilities. We are now proud to promote a new smartphone app to further the public’s ability to report crimes anonymously!
The free app, TipSubmit, is the first app of its kind and works on both the iPhone and Android phones. It allows the public to anonymously submit tips to police through their local Crime Solvers program. This mobile app works with the existing TipSoft software already utilized by Fairfax County Crime Solvers for their text and email tips. However, the app offers even more because it has the ability to use GPS to auto-locate the nearest Crime Solvers program or law enforcement agency. Users may also manually select a location for their tip. Tipsters may include photos and videos with their tips.
In Virginia, tipsters and their information are protected under state law when their information is reported to a certified Crime Solvers program. (15.2-1713.1) For the tipster that fears retaliation, this state law is essential. It allows the tipster to communicate through a Crime Solvers program and still maintain their anonymity. As with the text and email capabilities, this app continues to promote that two-way communication, allowing real-time chat between the tipster and program.
Smart phone users are encouraged to download this free app and use it when you have information on a crime or a wanted person. For additional information on this new app, please visit http://tipsoft.com/index.asp?P=TipSubmitMobile
For crimes occurring in Fairfax County, tipsters may continue to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), e-mail tips at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637). Find us on Facebook!
TIPSTERS MAY REMAIN ANONYMOUS
Fairfax County Crime Solvers 4100 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, Virginia 22030
TIP LINE: 1-866-411-TIPS(8477)
TEXT “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)
E-Mail your tip at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org
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