TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Vigo County law enforcement have a new weapon to fight crime.
For years, Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers has helped the Valley capture the area`s most wanted.
Now, they`re getting an upgrade. You can now text message your tips completely anonymously.
Here are the steps:
- First send your tip to the number 274637 or "CRIMES"
- As you`re writing your tip, you have to put in the letters, W-V-C-S for Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers.
- They you`ll get a confirmation text back from the system.
- A few minutes later, you should get another text, with an official replying to your message.
- You can continue your correspondence as you would any texting conversation.
- Once you`d like to end your conversation, text the word "STOP" to the same number.
That`s all there is to it.
Sheriff Greg Ewing is one of only two people that gets your tips.
When you send the message, he`ll get an email. The system`s so secure he has to put a password in just to read what you`ve sent.
Then, once you request to stop the conversation, the department cannot reply anymore.
It`s an updated system that Ewing hopes will influence the youth.
"I think really you`re going to see, it`s going to be geared a lot towards that younger crowd, because those are the ones that have really bought into text messaging," Ewing said.
Now as always you can continue to call 812-238-STOP to submit your tips in addition to the texting feature.