1. Text-a-tip Service:
User Types “MCPDTIP” plus their tip on their cell phone or PDA and texts it to “CRIMES”(274637)
The text message is encrypted and an alias is generated, masking the identity of the sender from the police.
The police have NO way of determining the user’s identity.
2. New Web Tip Link
Citizens may click the following link for “Anonymous Web Tips.” The user then fills in a
form and submits it via the Internet. The tip goes through a secure server where, again the identity of
the sender is masked from the detectives receiving the Web Tip.
Call 911 in an emergency...
If you see a crime in progress or need to report an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
These new crime tip services are for non-emergency investigative information only and will not generate a radio call or summons the police to your location.
Delete your text-a-tip messages…
For your safety, you should always delete all text messages to and from “CRIMES” (274637) from your in box and your out box.
How to Submit a Tip via Text Messaging
To text a tip to the MCPD, you must have text messaging enabled on your phone and subscribe to a participating cell phone carrier. To begin your tip session, text the work “MCPDTIP” to the number 274637, this spells the word “CRIMES” on the keypad of most phones.
While handset menus differ by carrier or model, here are some basic tips on how to compose a text message:
1. Create a new txt message or send txt to SMS text.
2. When composing your message:
a. Enter the number 274637 as the mobile # or in the “to” line
b. Then, in the message body, type work MCPDTIP, a space and then your crime tip
information. (MCPDTIP is not case sensitive)
3. Hit “Send” to send the message.
4. You will receive a response from Crime Stoppers shortly, which will start the secure txt dialogue.
When you complete your tip submission, for your safety, you should always delete all text messages to and from 274637 from your text message in box and out box.
Types of Crimes to Submit
The Murray City Police Department wants information on every type of crime, not just those covered in the media. The text tip line is not traced, and we are not interested in the user’s identity. We believe these new anonymous forms of providing tips to the Police offer a way for callers to rid their neighborhoods of crime SAFELY.
When to Submit a Tip?
You may submit a tip anytime, anywhere, 24/7.
Cost to Send?
Although the Murray City Police service is free and requires no purchase or fee for participation, standard text messaging rates and other fees may apply. Check your mobile plan for more details.
At any time, from your mobile phone, send a text message with the word “HELP” to CRIMES(274637) for program information. This is for operational information, not to solicit help from the Murray City Police Department.
No mobile phone information is collected by the Murray City Police Department as part of this program. Your text-a-tip is completely anonymous and is only identifiable via a four digit tip code that will be provided to you. Any information you submit is directed to the Murray Police Department Telephonic Officer, School Resource Officer or Detective Sergeants, who will disseminate the information to the appropriate investigative officers.
You will not be asked to reveal your identity to the Police in order to provide information about a crime and the Police will not be able to trace the text message in any way.
A special computer server (housed elsewhere) will encrypt your message and mask your identity before sending your tip to the Police. This service is truly anonymous.
To stop the Program
To stop the program at any time, which will prevent Murray City Police Department (MCPD) from being able to securely respond back to you, you can opt out via text message. Send a text message with the word “STOP” to CRIMES (274637). You’ll receive a one-time opt-out confirmation text message. If you choose to, you can submit a text tip again at a later time by texting the word MCPDTIP along with your tip to CRIMES(274637).
Note: The program is available on most, but not all major wireless carriers; therefore we cannot guarantee this program will work for all participants. Although the program is complimentary to participants, standard text messaging rates may apply. Check with your carrier and wireless plan for details.