Nacogdoches, Tx (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers now has new option for persons wishing to give information on felony crimes.
Tipsters can now Text Message their tip straight to Crime Stoppers and receive an automated reply, which contains a unique code number, all without revealing their name or telephone number.
Kevin Anderson with Anderson Software in Nacogdoches pioneered the new technology. Anderson Software is a leader in Crime Stoppers software and technology worldwide.
To send a confidential text message to Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers, text "NCSTIPS plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). The secure computer server then transfers the tip straight to Crime Stoppers, and automatically replies to the tipster with a confidential, unique code number. Crime Stoppers has no way of tracing the tip or obtaining the identity of the person giving the tip.
"This is certainly a great stride in Crime Stoppers technology", said NPD Sgt. Greg Sowell, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. "Texting has quickly become the favorite way of communicating for some people, and Kevin and his staff at Anderson Software have answered the call for Crime Stoppers".
Cory Beasley, Chairman of Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers said that the text messaging option should prove to be popular. "We think the younger crowd will use this option", he said. "We now have three options to give people to report criminal activity- telephone, website, and now text messaging".
Crime Stoppers is a worldwide program that began in 1976. The program pays cash rewards to persons who give information that results in an arrest or indictment of suspects in felony crimes. All information is kept confidential and tipsters never have to give their names. Crime Stoppers cannot trace telephone calls, see tipsters email addresses, or where text messages originate. A system is in place for tipsters to call in and receive instructions on where to pick up their rewards.
Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers was started in 1982. Since that time, almost 3,000 tips have been received that have resulted in 1,682 cases being cleared. These tips have resulted in $3,683,635.00 in stolen property and narcotics being recovered.