The Wilmington Police Department is reminding the community the text-a-tip system is completely anonymous. Out of hundreds of bystanders near two deadly shootings in the City of Wilmington, investigators only received a few tips and no leads.
"It's underutilized right now. We could get a lot more, a lot better information," said WPD PIO assistant Cathryn Lindsay.
According to police, the fear from the community is that the system is not anonymous and the tipster could face retaliation; however, the text-a-tip system goes through a third party system in Canada where the senders information is completely removed. Instead, the sender is assigned a four digit code, hiding their identity.
The WPD only sees a computer screen with the four digit code, the time the text was sent, and the message.
"Literally it says tipster. There's no phone number, no name, no identifying information, we just get the message," Lindsey explained.
Police can communicate back and forth with the sender but still, the sender's identification is anonymous.
Senders can also visit the text-a-tip website and upload photos or Facebook profiles for investigators as well.
How to Text-a-Tip:
For more information, go to www.tip708.com.
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