ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – It’s a tool that’s helped to solve local crimes for the past ten years, but now Abilene Crime Stoppers says social media is creating some challenges when it comes to accepting tips.
Executive Director Rick Dorman says it’s been a great way to push out information on crimes happening in Abilene.
However, now the non-profit that rewards people for their anonymous tips says tipsters are trying to give information through social media causing the tip to be no good.
“They’re emailing their tip to us, which they’re not anonymous or they do it on instant messenger,” Dorman added. “If they tweet it to us, again they’re not anonymous and if they do it on Facebook they’re not anonymous.”
This forfeits the money a person can receive for giving a tip that leads to arrest and filing of charges on a case.
Dorman says there are only three ways Crime Stoppers can accept your tips, by calling the hotline, 325-676-TIPS or submitting a tip online through their website. There’s also a new phone app designed for submitting tips called P-3 tips.