Durham students can now text anonymous tips

From staff reportsAugust 27, 2012 

Durham Public Schools students can now use their mobile phones to provide anonymous tips to school safety administrators.

The service, called Text-A-Tip, allows students to send anonymous tips online, via smartphone, or by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword DPSTIP from any mobile phone.

“In a school setting, it’s often imperative that information be conveyed to authorities quickly,” Superintendent Eric Becoats said. “And with Text-A-Tip, students will know that it is safe for them to do the right thing without ever disclosing their identity.”

Students should use Text-A-Tip to report any safety-related information, including bullying, suicide prevention, sexting, drug use or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools.

“It is important to note that Text-A-Tip is simply another great way to keep everyone safe. It did not come about as a result of any particular incidents,” said Tina Ingram, director of security. “In fact, with Text-A-Tip, students can take an active role in making their schools and communities safer.”

Currently used by over 800 schools and law enforcement agencies throughout the country, Text-A-Tip, which is provided by CrimeReports, allows text message providers to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages, assigning them a unique ID, and routing them through secure servers, protecting the personal details of the information provider.

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