NYPD Urges Public To Keep Texting Crime Tips
By utilizing the NYPD’s “CRIMES” text message system, eyewitnesses and others with information may send tips to the NYPD text hotline, where operators 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 the 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 if they qualify for a reward.
Police officials are also 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 Crime Stoppers 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!”