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Oahu residents can now report crime via text message

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – HPD's CrimeStoppers has just added a new feature to help fight against crime. Anyone that has witnessed a crime or has information tips, can now use a cell phone to text CrimeStoppers.

CrimeStoppers Honolulu has recently teamed up with TipSoft. When a tipster sends a text message, TipSoft will encrypt the text message through several secure servers. The tip is then sent directly to CrimeStoppers administers. Text messages are not the only thing that can be sent, pictures and video can be sent to CrimeStoppers as well.

"There is no doubt that this program will dramatically increase our crime prevention capabilities," said Sgt. Kim Buffet.

When a message is sent, the TipSoft servers give tipsters an alias and a unique ID. This allows investigators to also communicate with the tipster while keeping the persons information private.

To send a tip, simply text 274637 or CRIMES on your cell phone. In the body of the text you will need to type "CS808" before your message. By typing "CS808" this allows TipSoft to know which CrimeStopper location to send the message to.

Texting crime tips are being used worldwide, in communities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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