Police in Galesburg are using text messages to help catch criminals.
According to the City of Galesburg, an anonymous texting program has been launched by Crime Stoppers. The program, called Text A Tip, will help speed up police response. Officers can get the tips when no one is around to answer the hotline.
The hope the program will help generate more tips, especially when people see crime happening.
“They could actually be right next to the person, and be sending the tip message that so-and-so is right next to me and has a warrant, and we’re in this vehicle and we’re driving in this area,” said Detective Kevin Legate from the Galesburg Police Department.
To send a tip to the system type GALESBURG and the message or tip and send it to 274637, which spells out CRIMES on most phones. The tipster can text STOP to cancel the tip and may also text HELP to that number for help.
A response is sent to the tipster that includes a unique code to use if their tip should render any payouts.
To use the system in the Quad Cities start your tip message with QCTIP.