Grant allows anonymous tips to Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers

Grant allows anonymous tips to Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers

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WATERLOO --- The Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers recently received a grant from Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa that will allow citizens to offer tips to crimes or criminals through TipSoft.

People may now anonymously submit tips through Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook page or website, www.cvcrimestop.com. On Facebook click on the "Submit a Tip" link under the banner. On the website, click on the links at the top of the page.

In addition, Crime Stoppers can now accept tips through text messages. Type the word CEDAR plus your tip and send it to CRIMES (274637). Example tip: CEDAR Jon Smith is staying at 105 Main St.

Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt out at any time. Text HELP for more information.

After sending a tip you will receive an alias code. You will need to remember this code in case you are eligible for a reward.

All messages received through this program are routed through Canada where they are stripped of all identifiers before being sent to Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers. This process also allows Crime Stoppers to correspond back with the tip provider as long as they leave the chat open.

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