From Sheriff David A. Mahoney                           

            Phone - 884-3168

            Email – sheriffmahoney@tcsonc.org

            Web Site – www.tcsonc.org

            Crime Tips – www.tipsubmit.com

                        

Community Involvement In Solving Crime

 

Last week, we discussed community engagement as part of the Sheriff’s Office Community Policing efforts.  Another unique program that the Sheriff’s Office has is the ability for citizens to anonymously submit crime tips using either their cellphone, smartphone or through the internet.  When I became Sheriff, I recognized the importance of community involvement in solving crime.  We already had the crime stoppers program but we were not getting the tips that we needed to solve crime.   It was my desire to take the crime stoppers program to the next level.  So I started looking for technology that would provide a much greater and more substantive involvement for citizens in our crime solving efforts.  My research led me to Tipsoft.  TipSoft is the premier tip and intelligence solution used by law enforcement agencies, Crime Stoppers, and school district administrators for accepting and managing truly anonymous tips through Web, SMS, or Mobile platforms.  So how does it work?  TipSoft SMS is a Text-a-Tip application which allows tipsters to anonymously submit information directly to the Sheriff’s Office.  All you have to do to submit a crime tip using your mobile phone is text "TCSO plus your tip" to 274637.  For smartphone users, you can go to the Apple App Store or Android Market and install the free app, tipsters can search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit.”  Once the app has been installed, you choose the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office as the target agency and then begin submitting tips.  You can even include photographs and video.  For those who prefer to submit a tip using the internet, all you have to do is go to the Sheriff’s Office website at www.tcsonc.org, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on submit a crime stoppers tip and fill in the information.  Tips submitted utilizing any one of these are encrypted, entirely confidential, completely anonymous and are immediately and securely transferred directly to the Sheriff’s Office.  After submitting your tip, you will be provided with your own unique ID number that you will use when checking the status of your tip.  Additionally, we are able to communicate back to the tipster anonymously.  TipSoft allows the Sheriff’s Office to increase community involvement in solving or preventing crimes and is the only truly anonymous tipping platform available to law enforcement agencies and Crime Stoppers organizations. 

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