Tipsters may text Big Bend Crime Stoppers tips using their cell phone. TipSoft SMS, short message service, is 100% anonymous. No one will know the identity of the text tipster. The technology routes messages through a server that encrypts cell phone numbers before they get to police. The technology also allows investigators to securely reply back to the cell phone without compromising the tipster’s identity.
How to Text a Tip
- Text “BBCS“ plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)
- Upon receiving a tipster’s first incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing a unique Tip ID.
- To submit follow-up information, the tipster simply replies. Nothing else is needed.
Some of the advantages of text messaging includes being able to communicate in real time with texters. It also allows people to notify police when calling may not be feasible or safe. Texting a tip is easy.
Just like callers to crime hotlines, text tipsters can be eligible to collect rewards for significant information. It’s done with the cooperation of banks that hand over cash, no questions asked, to people who present a code issued by police. The technology makes giving Big Bend Crime Stoppers the 411 2EZ.