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Thursday, April 3, 2008

From My Inbox

posted by on April 3 at 14:08 PM

From SPD:

Please join Chief Kerlikowske and Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound as they unveil the new Text-a-Crime Tip program. This new option in sending crime tips via anonymous text messaging is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

A Text-a-Crime tip billboard located at 4th Avenue S. and S. Walker Street will also be unveiled to publicize the campaign


OMG Thrz a man w an ax @ my door!

Also, how is text messaging anonymous?

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lol! wuz funy.

Posted by tabletop_joe | April 3, 2008 2:19 PM

"Text-a-Crime" is a lame name. As this post implies, it should clearly be called "LOLtipz."

Posted by flamingbanjo | April 3, 2008 2:20 PM

Obviously they won't look up the phone number of the guy who texts in the murder tip... it's the honor system, man!

Posted by Phelix | April 3, 2008 2:20 PM

I'm thinking #3 is right. It's no different than any other anonymous phone tip line, where they can easily get the caller's number. They probably just don't look at it or use it for anything.

Posted by w7ngman | April 3, 2008 2:28 PM

The tipper's wireless carrier will have the mobile number the txt originated from, obviously the account name and contact info associated with that mobile number, the timestamp as to when the txt was sent, as well as the ID of the company's cell tower closest to the mobile phone that sent the txt.

It's not exactly anonymous unless the wireless carrier strips out the identifying information before sending it to the SPD. I mean, telecom companies aren't known for releasing private information to law enforcement without a warrant, are they?

Frankly, I'm more suspect that this is a Chief K. distraction from all the problems in his poorly run department.

Posted by cinenaut | April 3, 2008 2:30 PM

and they'll STILL take three hours to check it out, if at all, kthxbye

Posted by scary tyler moore | April 3, 2008 2:31 PM

WTF? Shouldn't I just call 911 if I see a crime happening? Or is this for when I get home and feel bad that I left the guy stabbed and bleeding on Capitol Hill while I gave a ride to a psycho bitch I can report the crime and alleviate some of my guilt? And if the tippers really think they are anon. then I've got some real estate I'd like to tell them about...

Posted by PopTart | April 3, 2008 2:36 PM

it's a preemptive strike against roving gangs of criminal cyberbikers.

Posted by mackro mackro | April 3, 2008 3:24 PM

If you call 911 a recording proves you made the call. If you text they can ignore it and later say "Sorry, we forgot to charge the phone" while they are actually out harrassing night clubs.

Posted by inkweary | April 3, 2008 3:28 PM

How many people were employed thinking up this idea, and how many will implement it, and how much do they all get paid, and how many street officers' salaries would that sum pay for?

Posted by Fnarf | April 3, 2008 3:36 PM

I just laughed WAY to hard.... awesome post.

Posted by catnextdoor | April 3, 2008 3:37 PM

Yep, just another "make the public think we're doing something constructive, when all we're really doing is implementing another useless technological 'fix' that everyone - including us - will have completely forgotten about in eight or nine months" program from your good friends at the SPD.

Posted by COMTE | April 3, 2008 3:44 PM

Well, if they want a police response it would be

"OMG the man w an ax @ my door just ran a red on his bike!"

Posted by DJSauvage | April 3, 2008 3:54 PM

That's a HORRIBLE idea! Please say it's a joke. At least most people are too inhibited to prank 911, but where's the disincentive here? This is either going to lead to cops investigating bogus info (and violating some rights at the same time), not having enough information to properly investigate, or ignoring calls because they assume it's a prank. Plus, it will be impossible for cops to stop people (or rather have the stops upheld by a court) or get warrants based solely on information from a text. I can't see how anyone would want this. Except for the cell phone companies.

Posted by Gidge | April 3, 2008 4:14 PM

Um, I texted that my car was being stolen, and they still haven't shown up two hours later ... are you sure this thing works?

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 3, 2008 4:15 PM

I had to look at my calendar to make sure this wasn't another shitty April Fools joke.

Posted by egid | April 4, 2008 7:59 AM

Huh. They e-mailed this to you? Why didn't they text it?

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 4, 2008 8:35 AM
Posted by who were the Stasi again? | April 4, 2008 9:28 PM

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