Have A Crime To Report? There’s An App for That!

Fairfax County Crime Solvers has provided an anonymous tip line for the public to report crime since 1979. In 2008 a text and email capabilities. Now, there’s a new smartphone app to further your ability to report crimes anonymously.

The free app – TipSubmit — is the first of its kind and works on both the iPhone and Android phones. It allows the you to submit tips anonymously to police through the local Crime Solvers program.

How it works 

This mobile app works with the existing TipSoft software already utilized by Fairfax County Crime Solvers for their text and email tips. However, the app offers even more because it has the ability to use GPS to auto-locate the nearest Crime Solvers program or law enforcement agency. Users may also manually select a location for their tip. Tipsters may include photos and videos with their tips.

In Virginia, tipsters and their information are protected under state law when their information is reported to a certified Crime Solvers program. (15.2-1713.1) For the tipster fearing retaliation, this state law is essential. It allows the tipster to communicate through a Crime Solvers program and still maintain their anonymity. As with the text and email capabilities, this app continues to promote that two-way communication, allowing real-time chat between the tipster and program.

Smart phone users can download this free app and use it when they have information on a crime or a wanted person. Additional information on this new app is available here.

For crimes occurring in Fairfax County, tipsters may continue to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail, by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

 

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