WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Reporting a crime just got easier in White Plains with the introduction of a service that allows residents to use an iPhone or Android app, text or the Department of Public Safety website to submit anonymous tips.
"The popularity of text messaging has created a significant opportunity for the public to help law enforcement agencies prevent and solve crime," White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said in a statement. "Through this secure service, they can be assured that it's safe for them to do the right thing without ever disclosing their identity."
Chong encourages residents to use the service to report non-urgent information on unsolved cases, vandalism and theft.
The TipSubmit app can be downloaded for free on the iPhone or Android . It allows users to send anonymous tips, including photographs, video and location. The White Plains Police Department created a three-minute tutorial on how to use the app. The video is on its website , which residents can also use to submit a tip using any web browser.
Residents can also send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword WPPD from any mobile phone. The text will be encrypted and the person sending it will be assigned a unique ID.
"White Plains continues to demonstrate its commitment to public safety through the introduction of this technology to prevent, reduce and solve crime," Mayor Thomas Roach said in a statement. "With this new service we invite the public to take an active role in making their community safer."
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