UNION COUNTY — New technology will make it easier for the public to anonymously provide law enforcement with information to help solve and/or prevent crimes.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Union County CrimeStoppers Board announced that it has partnered with Texas-based Anderson Software “to provide a more seamless and efficient way for students and community members to offer information to help solve and prevent crimes or other serious or life threatening matters. Anderson Software leads the industry with its latest secure and anonymous tip acquisition and management solution, called P3 Intel. This partnership allows Union County, SC to foster a relationship between law enforcement and the public to proactively create a safer community.”
The press release states that the technology provided through the partnership with Anderson Software will give the public more ways to provide information to law enforcement in the fight against crime.
“Tips were previously accepted as SMS text messages using a short code and a dedicated keyword,” the press release states. “Union County CrimeStoppers will now be accepting tips by phone, the web, and by way of the new, free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms, greatly enhancing the mobile tip submission process.
“Still completely anonymous, tips submitted through the P3 mobile app, unlike SMS text tips, have no length limitations and allow images, video, and documents to be uploaded with the tip,” it states. “Anderson Software’s sophisticated encryption processes obscure any and all identifying information and provide assured anonymity for tipsters.
The press release points out that “even without the app, there is still an easy and secure option for submitting tips from any PC or mobile browser by going to p3tips.com. Of course, tips are still welcomed through calling our hotline 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372). Using whichever method, once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in real-time chat/two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.“
While the technology continues to change, the purpose of CrimesStoppers hasn’t and neither has its policy of rewarding those who tips result in arrests.
The Union County CrimeStoppers Board feels that utilizing Anderson Software’s P3 Tips program will enhance communications with the public, thereby building a safer and more trusting community in which everyone prospers. To further show our value of tipsters’ contribution to the community, tips leading to an arrest will result in a cash reward.