Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Information About Making Anonymous Tips To Help Solve Crimes

A reader forwarded this important information to us he received from Karen Ko with the City of Seattle:

Making Anonymous Tips to Help Solve Crimes

Some people are extremely reluctant to report crimes for fear of retaliation from the suspect.  You can safely make tips through Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound without exposing your identity.

Please be assured that their system is 100% anonymous.  You NEVER have to give your name.  You can call, send a tip via the internet or text message a tip (texting is currently only available in King, Kitsap, Snohomish & Island Counties).  All major North American cell phone carriers are part of the program. 

To phone in a tip via the SPD Tip Line, call 206.233.5000 or 911.  To phone in a tip via Crime Stoppers call 206.343.2020 or 800.222.TIPS or 800.CRIME.13.  Someone is available to take tips 24-hours a day.

Crime Stoppers website is: 
To send a text message use the short code of 274637 (CRIMES).  Begin your message with the keyword Tip486 (not case sensitive) in the body of the message.

Your initial submission will trigger an auto response from the secure transaction server.  You will receive a unique code number.  YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS CODE NUMBER AS IT CANNOT BE RETRIEVED LATER.  You may then engage in a two-way secured and encrypted text dialog with the Crime Stoppers coordinator. 

You can text STOP to the short code 27637 (CRIMES) at any time to reset the system.  Crime Stoppers will no longer be able to reply to you.  If you want to continue your conversation with Crime Stoppers or if you forgot your code number, you must start the process over by using short code 274637 and keyword Tip486. Standard text rates may apply.

When you call in a tip no Caller ID is used.

When you send a tip via the internet no email address or IP address is traced.

When you send a text message tip, secure and anonymous technology is utilized so your identity is never revealed.  For more information go to

Remember, if you see a crime in progress or need to report an emergency, please call 911 immediately

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