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Texting leads to more tips for Lancaster Co. Crime Stoppers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Lancaster County Crime Stoppers starting receiving text message tips in early 2012 and officials say it has had a big impact on solving crimes. 

Sergeant Bill Hickey of the Lancaster City Police said they received nearly three times as many tips in 2012 as compared to 2011. Texting was the driving force behind the increase.

Through Crime Stoppers, tipsters can receive a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone who committed a crime, but the opportunity to remain anonymous gives many people comfort to come forward.

Cellphone numbers are scrambled when the calls come in, so the identity of the tipster is protected.  Crime Stoppers in Dauphin County does not accept text message tips, but there is talk of upgrading the current system to make the texting option available in the future.

A Cumberland County official with Crime Stoppers told abc27 they may take a look at the text message option.

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