I'm always amazed at how technology seems to win in the end. It would seem that some police departments are actively encouraging citizens to report crimes via text messaging.
When Boston adopted the system last year, the first text tip yielded an arrest in a New Hampshire slaying. In the 12 months that ended June 15, Boston police logged 678 text tips, nearly matching the 727 phone tips during the same period.
On some levels I guess this program can be sucessful. Is it less threatening for a tipster to text a message to a slient observer than to call and speak to someone? Earlier this week Patrick raised a similar issue regarding Terrorist Liason Officers, and while texting the police isn't really in the same ballpark as training an army of nosey neighbors, knowing how most people treat text messages it seems to me like it would be a lot of overhead to manage a text tip line. It's probably too soon to tell if this program will be as useful as D.A.R.E., but I guess we can hope.
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