Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

01-22-09 Crime Stoppers Adds Text, Online Tips!

01-22-09 Crime Stoppers Adds Text, Online Tips!

    Boise, Jan. 22, 2009 - Boise Area Crime Stoppers is celebrating January as worldwide Crime Stoppers month by adding two new ways to report tips on crimes anonymously; text messaging and web tips!

  •     Citizens can go online to www.343COPS.com, follow the links and leave their tip!
  •     Citizens can also text the word "TIP236" to the tipline number "CRIMES".
  •     Web tips and text messaging is in addition to 343-COPS and 1-800-222-TIPS (toll free in the USA and Canada)

    "Crime Stoppers has done a great job of becoming the place citizens turn to when they have a crime tip, every knows the number 343-COPS," said Chief Michael Masterson of the Boise Police Department. "We know citizens have useful information they want to give us. Texting and web tips are two more easy ways to keep information coming in that helps our investigators make arrests and solve crimes."

   "A strong connection between law enforcement and the community is crucial to effective policing," said Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney. "We want to continue doing everything we can to make it as easy as possible for the public to share information with us. This allows people to talk to Crime Stoppers the very same way they talk to any friend."

    The Boise Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff's Office both contributed to the cost of the new software allowing the Boise Area Crime Stoppers program to enable text messaging and web tips.

    How Does It Work:

    Web tips: www.343COPS.com. Web tips are received anonymously by logging onto www.343COPS.com. Citizens simply follow the links to leave a crime tip. The citizen will receive a code number to use when communicating with Crime Stoppers, to add or update information, or check on the status of the case.

    Texting: To CRIMES, subject: TIP236, add message. Text-A-Tip allows citizens to send crime tips via text messaging. using a text enabled phone, citizens text the word "TIP236" to the tipline number - "CRIMES". Messages sent to the tipline are scrambled by a third party before the info is sent to police. The sending phone numbers cannot be recorded or traced.

    To maintain complete anonymity, citizens text messaging tips receive a code number to use during all discussions with Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers call takers can text the tipster using a random code that connects to the tipster's phone, enabling interactive communication if the citizen so desires. The citizen remains completely anonymous during this process and never has to identify themselves.

    To Reach Boise Area Crime Stoppers:

To: CRIMES

TIP236 (on subject line, MUST appear on first line to reach Boise Area Crime Stoppers.)

+ your message and SEND

    Citizens who send anonymous crime tips to Boise Area Crime Stoppers via web tips or text messaging are still eligible to receive cash rewards up to $1,000 if the information leads to arrests and charges filed on felony cases.

    Boise Area Crime Stoppers supports, and is supported by the Boise Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff's Office, the Meridian Police Department, the Garden City Police Department, the Nampa Police Department, the Caldwell Police Department, and the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, the Emmett Police Department, Gem County Sheriff's Office, and the Boise County Sheriff's Department.