Crime tips texted to Norfolk police lead to ten arrests

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 7:23 PM

NORFOLK -- Norfolk police want to remind the public they have a powerful weapon to fight crime at their fingertips- their smartphones. 

It's anonymous just like Crime Line, but police say they often get more information from texts.

"People feel more comfortable texting instead of talking on the phone. Plus, dispatchers can text back to ask more questions. If people hang up on the Crime Line, we can't ask more questions. But with texting, we can just text them back, " officer Chris Amos explained.

The tips are sent to the cell phones of detectives on the fugitive squad. 

The department started the text a tip last February. Since then, they've received 70 tips and ten of those led to arrests.  They've also paid $1,500 in rewards to people for their good text tips.

Police say text your city, along with your tip, to CRIMES.

 

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