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The Fisher College Police Department has launched tip411, an internet based tool that enables the Fisher College Community to text message anonymous tips to campus police, and lets the campus police respond back creating a two-way anonymous chat. To text a tip to FCPD, just text “FISHER” and your crime tip message to 847411 (tip411). The "thread" will remain open indefinitely until the caller texts the word "STOP". To open another thread you would have to again text "FISHER" to 847411.

Once crime tip is sent, you will receive a message from CitizenObserver indicating the message has been forwarded to the Fisher College Police Department. The Fisher College Police Department can respond to the sender to ask for additional information.  If the sender does not want any further contact, the sender only needs to push the “stop” or “end” button on their phone and the contact between the citizen and the Police Department is broken. Please note that Text message charges may apply to your account, depending on the terms of the service.

Cell phone set up for tip411 is easy:

1. Under ‘Contacts’ on your cell phone, establish a new group titled “847411” and save.

2. Now go to your text messaging as you would to send a text message to someone.

3. In the “To” block (who you’re going to send it to), type in “847411”.

4. Drop to your text box; once in text box type in “FISHER” followed by a space.  Letters are not case sensitive.

5.  Then type in your crime tip and push send once your crime tip is complete.

An example tip would look like this:

FISHER the student who broke the glass window in 106 Beacon Street last night is John Doe.

Tip411 Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it 100% anonymous?  Yes, none of the information exchanged over the system is logged so there is no way to track the originator of a text or web tip.

What if I have an immediate situation that requires an emergency response?  Tip411 is not a substitute for dialing 911. If you are calling in an emergency you should always call 911 for an immediate response. 

Can police issue a Subpoena to identify the tipster’s information?  Since the tip originator’s information is not logged and its 100% anonymous, there is no way to find that information out.




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