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New anonymous tip line available

posted Sep 22, 2015, 4:34 AM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 4:34 AM ]
            Burke County Public Schools students and staff have a new way to report crime tips to school resource officers (SRO) and law enforcement agencies. The Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers has launched an anonymous tip service that allows the public to use the web, texting, a mobile device or a telephone to submit information.
            The program is called TipSoft and is available for anyone in the community to have an anonymous, two-way conversation with law enforcement without having to speak directly to an officer.   
            Lead SRO Lt. Mike Ollis encourages students and staff to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, wanted persons, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools. Tips can be submitted by texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS then the tip. For crimes in progress or emergencies, call 911.
            TipSoft is a nation-wide program that has received two million tips across the country resulting in 145,000 arrests, the capture of 55,000 fugitives and the recovery of more than $5.3 billion in drugs and property.
            In addition to encouraging students and staff to submit crime-related information using Web forms, mobile apps and texting, TipSoft supports users’ ability to submit videos or photographs using the free TipSoft mobile app. Visit tipsoft.com to learn how to download the free app or make a report online. Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers still accepts anonymous tips through its phone hotline at 828-437-3333. Rewards may be available.
                                                           Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “In this day and age, you can never have too many resources through which to communicate concerns. I see this as another tool in keeping our schools safer. But it starts with a willingness to say – or text -- something if you see or hear of something suspicious. I encourage our students and staff to save this information in their contacts and not to hesitate to use it if they have a tip to share.” 

Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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