2015-10-14 / Front Page

Cops: Keep Texting Crime Tips

By Liz Goff
Police are reminding the public that texting crime tips to cops at local precincts is a simple, easy way to provide anonymous information to help put criminals behind bars.

By utilizing the NYPD’s “CRIMES” text message system, eyewitnesses and others with information may send tips to the NYPD text hotline that will forward the information to police via computer, police officials said.

Police at local precincts regularly view the messages that do not contain the tipster’s phone number, officials said.

To access the system, dial 274637 or “CRIMES” and enter “TIP577” when indicated, officials said. Callers can then leave their information, which is forwarded to appropriate precinct, squad or unit investigators, the officials said.

Callers are given a multi-digit code for follow-up or to determine if their tip led to an arrest and conviction – and a reward, officials said.

Police officials are urging the public to continue to call “911” to report crimes in progress or other emergencies.

“The texting system does not replace “911” as a means to alert police to crimes in progress,” the officials said.

Eyewitnesses and tipsters are also urged to continue calling the NYPD “CRIMESTOPPERS Hotline” at 1-800-577-TIPS to provide information to investigators on past crimes, officials said.

“The texting system is designed to provide computer savvy New Yorkers with an alternative to the hotline,” officials said. “It doesn’t matter if you call or text the information,” the officials said. “Just do it!”

Police officials are reminding Queens residents to text crime tips at the appropriate time, and not while you are driving. If you have a breaking tip, pull over to the curb or park your vehicle and turn the engine off before texting the information to the NYPD, officials said.

“Remember, under an administrative order signed last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, motorists caught texting while driving are subject to a stiff fine and could lose five points off their license,” law enforcement sources said. “Don’t text anyone, for any reason, while you are behind the wheel.”

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