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Mitchell Crime Stoppers unveil new crime tip app

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The Mitchell Police Department is bringing some fighting into the modern age -- the public can no submit tips through an app.

Lt. Don Everson of the Mitchell Police Department says in 2013 there were 52 who called in with tips to Crime Stoppers. Now he says with this new app called TipSubmit that can be found on your smart phone, he expects the number to rise.

20 years ago, Lt. Everson says he never thought he'd be getting crime tips via cell phone.

"When I was a kid if you wanted to give crime information, you had to walk into the sheriff's office or try to call and hope nobody recognized your voice and there was no reward. If you gave information, were listed in a report," said Lt. Everson.

He says anonymity is key for those with information. And the TipSubmit App is designed for just that.

This is taking Crime Stoppers via anonymous text messages one step further, simplifying the process. 

"Once you set it up, you just fill in the blanks and you can download a picture of the bad guys car, his house, his friends, you can give us whatever info you want to. It's all anonymous," said Lt. Everson.

Once they tip is submitted, it goes straight to Lt. Everson. And much like a chat room, he can reply to your tip with your anonymity still intact.

"The defendant that's arrested can't even find out the identity of where the tip came from the way its set up," said Lt. Everson.

 

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