I usually don't repost articles, but since this was from the Sheriff's Dept. I thought it would be a great article to pass along.
Sheriff's Office now taking tips via text
Published Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:56 PM
All credits to this article belong to the Georgetown County Times
For the first time, mobile phone users in Georgetown County now have the ability to provide anonymous crime fighting tips through the power of anonymous text messaging and WebTips.
Just text the word “GCSOTIP” to 274637 and your message will be routed anonymously to the Sherriff’s Office.
“The popularity of text messaging has created a significant opportunity for the public to help law
enforcement agencies fight crime,” said Sheriff A Lane Cribb “The ability for any citizen who owns a mobile phone to assist in crime solving is of great importance to communities globally and we are excited to play such a pivotal role in the transmission of these crime fighting tips.”
“There is no doubt that this program will dramatically increase our crime solving capabilities."
Using TipSoft Text Tips, information may be anonymously received and securely replied to with complete confidence.
The service was built specifically to allow text messaging informants to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages and routing them through several secure servers, protecting the personal details of the informant.
TipSoft SMS also allows police to respond by text message to the originating CELL PHONE without ever knowing the identity of the individual who left the tip.
The user’s information is always given an alias and a unique ID before being sent. This secure application allows the tipster and
the investigator to have two-way dialog while always keeping the user’s identity completely anonymous.
Sheriff Cribb encourages everyone to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or schools.