September 18, 2008

Los Angles Police Use Text Message, Website to Seek Crime Tips

Los Angles police use text message, website to seek crime tips

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Police in Los Angeles began Wednesday a system to seek anonymous crime tips through cell phone text message and its Internet website as detectives are desperately investigating some notorious cases.

The police department is hoping the new system would encourage people with information on the murder of a police officer, who was shot dead last month in front of his family's home, or the serial killer who has killed at least 11 people in last two decades, to come forward.

"Far too often, victims and witnesses are too afraid to come forward out of fear of retaliation. Today, we're changing that," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Tipsters can send a text message to a national system, which processes all messages and sends specific ones to Los Angeles police. The system is already used by New York and Boston.

Meanwhile, anonymous tips can also be sent by logging onto LAPD 's website and clicking on WebTip.

Police said the new systems could be helpful because there are people in the public who have information but have not come forward due to various factors.

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