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Abilene police use TipSoft Alert System to connect to community

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 09 2012 06:17:53 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 09 2012 08:45:15 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene Police Department and Abilene Crime Stoppers hope to get the community involved in the fight against crime through the TipSoft Information Alert System.

"We are always exploring technology and those assets that will enable us to better communicate with our citizens because, ironically, most people don't want the police until they need the police," Police Chief Stan Standridge said.

TipSoft is designed to keep citizens involved and informed via email and text alerts.

"It is a web-based tool that enables my staff to communicate directly to our citizens who subscribe to TipSoft," Standridge said. "They can communicate immediate needs or they can communicate crime trends maybe in their specific neighborhood where they live."

You can sign up online at www.abilenecrimestoppers.com or www.abilenepolice.org. Enter your email address and/or phone number and select the neighborhood you want to subscribe to. You will receive a confirmation message that asks you to follow a link finish the process.

Crime tips can also be submitted via text message to Abilene Crime Stoppers. You can text TIP126, plus your message, to CRIMES (274637).

Facebook users can also view the Abilene Police Department's page for a look at any updates.

"True crime reduction begins with the community," Standridge said. "At the end of this year when we release Abilene crime statistics, I hope everybody will recognize that it's every body's report card. The police department's report card and the community's report card."

TipSoft has only been around for a few months and, as of Tuesday, has 714 subscribers. Only 531 have completed the process by verifying their information. Abilene police hope to get the entire community involved.