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CRIME STOPPER DONATION - A check for new technology is presented to Crime Stoppers. Pictured from left are Dan Peterson, Stephenson National Bank & Trust; Detective Dan Miller, Marinette County Sheriffs Department; and Gary Temple Sr. of Crime Stoppers of Marinette County.
New Technology Will Aid Crime Stoppers
The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT), Marinette, has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Marinette County Inc. to bring the latest technology for preventing crime. The donation has made it possible for citizens to begin submitting truly anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers through the Internet, text messages, or mobile applications aside from the telephone methods currently in place.
We could not have brought this Text-a-Tip program to the community without the support of SNBT, said Gary Temple Sr., Crime Stoppers Board Member. Their donation of almost $5,000 is the key to helping us stay current with new technology used to prevent criminal activity in Marinette County.
We are happy to partner with Crime Stoppers of Marinette County on this worthwhile project. As an independent community bank, we are committed to the areas we serve, so we did not hesitate when they approached us about funding, said Dan Peterson, SNBT executive vice president. This is one tangible way to re-affirm our commitment, while supporting law enforcement, keeping our fellow citizens safe, and enhancing the quality of life in our communities.
Authorities hope the new system will appeal to people who prefer sending text messages instead of making phone calls. In an era of reliance on mobile-based technology, we may garner more leads through Text-a-Tip than traditional methods, continued Temple. To Text-a-Tip, type Marinette, along with your tip message, then send it to 274637(Crimes).
Through this new software program, texts to Crime Stoppers are not traced back to the sender. Messages are routed through Canada, where it is illegal to divulge a senders identification and tips are completely stripped of all identifying information prior to delivery to local agencies. Tips are then sent directly to Marinette Law Enforcement officials, who process the information through message encryption, keeping the tipster fully anonymous. The entire process is done within minutes of the tip being sent.
In addition to Text-a-Tip, people can also visit www.tipsubmit.com and file a web tip to Marinette County Crime Stoppers. Marinette County Crime Stoppers will continue to use the telephone hotline by calling 800-427-5857 or 715-735-5111. Both methods will utilize the new software, which make obtaining more detailed tips and assisting with paying rewards easier for local authorities. All tip methods are 100% anonymous, whereby the software generates a unique identifying number to keep an informants identity unknown.
Crime Stoppers Inc. of Marinette County is a non-profit organization comprised of concerned citizens who volunteer to help fight crime. Since its inception in 1991, the Marinette County Crime Stoppers have made a big impact in solving many crimes throughout the county, recovering over $24,000 in personal property and $278,000 in narcotics. There have been over 200 arrests made as a direct result of anonymous tips. The Marinette County chapter is part of 49 programs in the state of Wisconsin, 346 in the United States, and 1186 in 24 countries internationally.