The Fremont Police Department and Fremont Crimestoppers are now offering a new way to report crimes and tips anonymously.
A donation by Fremont Crimestoppers allowed the Fremont Police Department to purchase a new software, known as P3 Tips, to help individual’s better send in anonymous tips and reports directly from their smartphones.
According to information released by the department, the new tip sharing software allows individuals to send information by phone, the web, and the free P3 Tips mobile app which is available for Apple and Android Devices.
“It’s a lot easier, before people had to text a code and a keyword in, but now it is just an app you can download on your phone,” Detective Brandon Lorenson said. “Then the individual can check back later to see updates on the tip and if they are eligible for an award. It’s just a lot more user friendly.”
The new software still allows tipsters to remain completely anonymous, but now tips submitted through the P3 mobile app have no length limitations and can include images, video, and documents to be uploaded as well.
“With everyone having smartphones now, if they see something happening right in front of them they can take a photo or video of it and send it,” Lorenson said. “Obviously a photo or video is a lot better than just hearing a description. For example, instead of someone just describing a red car, now we will actually have a photo of that red car.”
The app can be found by searching “P3tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play. Along with the app, individuals can also submit tips from any computer by going to p3tips.com or by calling the Fremont Crimestoppers hotline at 402-727-4002.
Using whichever method, once a person submits a tip, they will be given a tip ID and password.
With this information they can login at p3tips.com or use the mobile app and submit follow up information, engage in real-time chat, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.
The new system still allows tipsters to remain completely anonymous when sending information.
“They are automatically assigned a code and when we get the information we can text back and forth with the person, but all we know that person by is the code,” Lorenson said. “We don’t know if they are male, female, age, anything all we know them by is a certain code.”