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Tipsters can mask identities in texting to CrimeStoppers

People with anonymous crime tips can now reach CrimeStoppers Honolulu without revealing their identities by sending text messages through their cellular phones..

Using TipSoft Text Tips technology developed by Anderson Software, information can be sent and responded to with complete confidentiality 

Texters wishing to submit an anonymous tip can do so by texting “CS808 plus your message” to 274637, or CRIMES.

TipSoft, which is used in other communities in the United States, Canada and UK, allows informants to remain anonymous by encrypting text messages and routing them through several secure servers, thus protecting the personal details of informants.

The technology also allows police to respond to text messages to the informants’ cell phones without knowing the identities of informants.

Tipsters may also still provide information anonymously either through dialing 955-8300 or going to the Honolulu CrimeStoppers Web site at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=606.

CrimeStoppers Sgt. Kim Buffett said the ability to submit anonymous tips online has been available for about the last two years.

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