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Apex police turn to texting to help solve crimes

Posted February 9, 2011
Updated February 10, 2011

— The Apex Police Department is now using text messaging to help solve crimes.

The police department said Wednesday that it has started a program called “Text a Tip” as another way for the public to provide anonymous tips about crimes and criminal activity.

While anonymous, it does allow for two-way communication between police and the tipster without ever revealing any identifying information or contact information.

To text a tip, send the keyword “APEXPD” to 847411 (TIP411).

Tips can be submitted online or by calling the Apex Police Department at 919-362-8661.


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  • h1ght1m3s420 Feb 10, 2011

    If the Apex Police seriously think a lot of people will "text" and tip they're sadly mistaken. This police department is the most corrupt and ignorant forces I have ever seen. No matter whos done it, just as long as someones arrested so they look okay. Nobody would ever trust this department enough to do it.

  • mrsmom Feb 10, 2011

    I think this is a smart move. Hopefully it will encourage people to tell law enforcement when they have information that could lead to an arrest.

  • Like It TI is Feb 10, 2011

    Good job using the technology Apex PD. I've heard of stadiums having a similar service so people could report drunk/rowdy fans anonymously.

  • kmichael Feb 10, 2011

    Texting very bad! Texting illegal in NC! Don't do it!

  • bulls41 Feb 10, 2011

    The system is anonymous by the person sending the text to a third party, Citizen Observer, who hides the information and sends the text information to the police department. For more information go to their site. http://www.citizenobserver.com
    This is not the first department to do this. Sanford has had the system in place for a couple years.

  • Arapaloosa Feb 10, 2011

    How is it anonymous? Does the Apex PD not have caller ID?

  • tmed1938 Feb 10, 2011

    Ladybug,how long have you been in hibernation?

  • Desiderata Feb 9, 2011

    Ladybug, Texting in NC is NOT against the law, TEXTING while DRIVING is, and no where in the article did it mention that the Apex PD was asking people to text them information while they were driving....did you not understand the article??

  • Ladybug Feb 9, 2011

    Well they best find another way of communication because Texting in NC is against the LAW.