VeriSign Enables Text Message Based Police Tip Line

Jun 19, 2007

The Boston Police Department has launched a text message based tip line. The new Crime Stoppers tip line, designed by Hill Holliday and powered by VeriSign Inc., a provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, is designed to enable Boston residents to anonymously provide information about crimes that may help police make their communities safer. The new Crime Stoppers program allows the Boston Police Department to engage residents in a voluntary community-wide effort to reduce the number of violent crimes. VeriSign powers the Boston Crime Stoppers text messaging platform, provisioned the C-R-I-M-E short code, and manages the system’s user interface. Citizens can text the word “tip” to C-R-I-M-E (27463). The information received will be channeled to a police department interface. The VeriSign system masks all personal identifiable information (e.g. mobile phone numbers) before sending any text-messaged information to the police department. Through the interface, the Boston Police Department can immediately exchange messages with the tipster to obtain information about the crime and the details necessary to respond.