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People with crime information can text police

There is now a new way to reach Louisville police if you want to pass on an anonymous tip. 574-LMPD has become one of the most successful crime tip lines in the country. It receives more than 2,500 calls a month and police believe accepting text messages will lead even more citizens to pass on important information about crime activity.

Tuesday morning Louisville Metro Police expanded from just phone tips to also accepting text message crime tips. The first text message came early apparently from someone who intends to become a regular customer.

It said "No emergency. Just programing the number into my phone. Thanks for all you do." A Minnesota company which developed the system receives Louisville text tips. After scrambling the number so the texter remains anonymous the text is sent on to Louisville Police for consideration.

Police believe the texting system will lead to more information from youth a group which often has crime information but rarely calls 574-LMPD.

To send a text crime tip: type the word "CRIMES" into your phone. Then, before you put in the text message, type in TIP563. That is the code that tells the system to send your message to Louisville after it scrambles your phone number to make it anonymous.

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