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Mtn. View Police introduce app to encourage anonymous tips

The Mountain View Police Department last week launched the TipSoft system, which allows residents to submit crime-related tips anonymously via the Web or text messages from Android and iPhone mobile devices.

According to Mountain View Police, the TipSubmit Mobile app enables residents to conduct an anonymous two-way conversation with the agency without requiring them to speak directly to an officer.

The TipSoft system has resulted in law enforcement agencies across the country receiving more than 2 million tips, which police report have led to 145,000 arrests, 55,000 fugitives apprehended and more than $5.3 billion in drugs and property recovered, including 11,000 vehicles and 22,000 weapons.

“This technology has a proven track record of helping solve crimes that could go unsolved without it,” Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer said. “We look forward to our community having another option when reporting vital information that can solve crimes and make Mountain View an even safer place.”

In addition to the ability to submit crime-related information using Web forms and texting, TipSoft allows users to transmit videos or photographs via the mobile app. The app can be used to submit information on crimes, missing children, fugitives and other nonemergency situations.

“It is our goal to allow the Mountain View community to get in touch with us with critical information in a way that’s simple and easy,” Mountain View Police Lt. Derek Sousa said. “We want to make ourselves available to the community. The adoption of TipSubmit is a continuation of our efforts to do so.”

For more information, visit ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/police/default.asp.

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