BIG SPRING - Howard County Crime Stoppers in Big Spring launched a new tip service that allows citizens to report crime in their area using texting, web or their mobile device.
Sgt. Tony Everett of the Big Spring Police Department said, "Before it reaches us, the IP address is gone. Any reference to anything that could identify them is gone. So we have no way of tracing them, no way of tracking them and that is the best thing for the public."
Citizens are able to carry on an anonymous two-way conversation with the agency without requiring them to speak to an officer.
"Anonymity is very important. I think it's going to generate more tips from people who will look at it and not have to worry about being identified or have to worry about retaliation. So they're going to be more apt to send you information that you can use," Everett said.
Users are also able submit videos or photographs using the TipSoft mobile app so they can give law enforcement more accurate and specific proof of a crime.
"It goes to Crimestoppers then directly to us and that's a great thing because so many times witnesses forget details that a photograph or video won't forget so it's very beneficial for us to get those," Everett said.
Citizens are encouraged to use TipSoft to report any non-urgent illegal activity including unsolved cases, vandalism, theft or drug use and distribution.
"It's free and it's a great app, download it. If you see anything send it to us, we can always use the help. Our citizens are our best source of information. It's always been that way, the more we hear from them, the better we do," Everett said.
To submit an anonymous tip, you can visit the Big Spring Police Department online at