US police tap into ‘text-a-tip’ programs

| 29/11/2009

(msnbc): After struggling for years with an anti-snitching culture that made witnesses too afraid to come forward, police across the country are getting help from text-a-tip programs that allow people to send anonymous, text messages from their cell phones. In Boston, the first city to heavily promote texting for crime tips, police have received more than 1,000 tips since the program began two years ago. Police credit text tips for providing them with key leads in at least four high-profile killings, including: the accidental shooting of Liquarry Jefferson by his cousin; an arson fire that killed two children; the shooting of a Boston teenager on her 18th birthday; and the fatal stabbing of a man during a bar fight.

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  1. Po Po Shut Us Down says:

    Just make sure that you steal (borrow)someone elses phone to send your text from, the word will soon get out as to who sent it!

    Hey, does anyone know if you can text 911 from Lime or Digicels websites? That might be at least a little more difficult for them to figure out how to trace

  2. Nomad says:

    This was suggested to Crimestoppers / Chamber  three months ago…

  3. Anonymous says:

    a letter is touched by so many hands during processing it would be hard to identify prints. Also, does Cayman island handprint everyone/anyone?

  4. Anonymous says:

    A letter has a fingerprint…

  5. Anonymous says:

    drop a letter in a mailbox stating all facts. no link back to sender.

  6. Anonymous says:

    this sounds like a great idea for here…  such a small island and no one wants to come forward regarding crimes…..