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Crime Fighting Text Message Tip Service Launched

Contact: Shannon Cordingly, Public Information Officer, 970-376-7000 

For the first time phone users across Eagle County now have the ability to provide anonymous crime fighting tips through the power of anonymous text messaging and WebTips.  Eagle County Crime Stoppers, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, and Anderson Software have joined together to provide this service which allows citizens to send anonymous tips by sending a text message from a mobile phone or online.

“The popularity of text messaging has created a significant opportunity for the public to help law enforcement agencies fight crime,” said Sheriff Joe Hoy.  “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.”

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 allows law enforcement 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. 

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office 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.