Crime Stoppers increases tips with anonymous app
JACKSON, Tenn. — You know Mike Johnson from more than two decades of talking about the morons and scumbags in West Tennessee.
“When I started, we had a red push-button phone and a typewriter,” Johnson said.
The mission of Crime Stoppers hasn’t changed in its 23 years, but the way you can help track down suspects has taken a turn.
“The citizens can video criminals. They can video them, take pictures of them. They can watch what they’re doing. They can tell us where they are,” Johnson said.
If you capture something on video, it helps law enforcement capture criminals.
“We have our own app. It’s called P-3 Tips. You can get it for Android and your iPhone. It’s really easy to use. It’s so easy, I can do it,” Johnson said.
Johnson and Anna Beth Cornelison help take your tips in Madison County. Whatever the crime, you fill out all the information you know within the app.
Johnson said sometimes you may not have all the answers, but anything you can provide could make for a break in the case.
Crime Stoppers not only allows you to put your tips into cyberspace but immediately gets the information to investigators so they can start working.
With the technology, it really does keep your information anonymous.
“We have no intention of trying to figure out who you are,” Johnson said. “And even if we wanted to, with the technology we have, we’re not only protecting you, but we’re protecting us, too. We can’t find out who you are.”
If you’d like to help Johnson and the Crime Stoppers team put West Tennessee’s scumbags in handcuffs, the app is becoming a great tool, and you could even get up to a $1,000 reward.
To download the app, look for it in the App Store and on Google Play. It’s called P-3 Tips.