The Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers Program now has the capability to receive Crime Stoppers TIPS through text messaging.
To text a TIP to Nanaimo Crime Stoppers, type 274637 where the phone number is added. In the body type Nanaimo. It can be all upper case or lower case. Leave one space and text your TIP. Within minutes you will receive a response from Crime Stoppers providing you with an alias to use in any further communication
"This is just one more option for submitting TIPS. We believe this along with TIPS submitted by I-phones, computers and telephone meet the needs and demands of the general public", said Constable Gary O'Brien, Crime Stoppers Co-ordinator for the Nanaimo RCMP.
While convenient to text TIPS, anonymity is the trademark of Crime Stoppers. Therefore, after sending your TIP, please delete the outgoing text so there is no record of it on your phone. Also, as another added precaution, when the TIP is received at Crime Stoppers, the phone number is removed before being delivered to the investigating agency.
The Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers program receives upwards of 400 TIPS yearly. With the addition of text TIPS, it is expected this total will increase substantially. Crime Stoppers TIPS put criminals in jail, take drugs off our streets and return stolen property to their rightful owners. To learn more about Crime Stoppers program or submit a TIP, go to www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com