Milford police are incorporating new digital and mobile means to report non-emergency crime tips.
Public Engines' TipSubmit program makes it possible for citizen to report crimes anonymously online, through text messaging or through a TipSoft smart phone application available for Androids and iPhones.
The service is intended to be utilized to report illegal activity of a non-urgent nature, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, drug activity, underage drinking or plans for crimes to be committed, police said.
"The use of TipSubmit is part of the agency’s proactive efforts to prevent, reduce, and solve crime," Milford police said in a news release. "Tipsters are reminded that this program is not to be used to report emergencies or in progress events and that 911 should be utilized in those situations."
Tipsters will be able to submit photos through the TipSoft mobile app. The program also provides a way for citizens to communicate back and forth anonymously with police.
To report tips digitally, Milford residents can text CRIMES (274637) with the keyword MILFORD, download the TipSoft app from iTunes or Google Play and submit tips through the app and send online tips through a template similar to the mobile app.
The new program is a collaborative initiative between the police department and Milford Prevention Council. The council obtained grants focusing on underage drinking and substance abuse and provided funding for the program.
More information on the new crime tips program is available on www.milfordpd.org.