Crime hotline provides citizens anonymous reporting tool

 

Navajo County and area police agencies are launching a new tool to fight crime – an anonymous toll-free call-in hotline, called WeTip. WeTip is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by bilingual (English and Spanish) operators. Citizens can call the WeTip hotline to report information about a crime to authorities, without having to reveal their identity.

 

WeTip does not tape calls nor do its operators have caller ID or ways to trace calls. In fact, the very first thing a caller will hear is, “This is the WeTip crime hotline. Please do not give your name or identify yourself in any way.” If you proceed to identify yourself, you will be interrupted and the call disconnected. The operator will then ask a series of questions, designed by law enforcement experts, to obtain the maximum amount of information about the reported crime. After the call, the information will be immediately conveyed to the appropriate police, fire and/or sheriff’s agencies.

 

WeTip, established in 1972, is the oldest tip hotline in the U.S. It operates toll-free lines (800) 78-CRIME, (800) 47-ARSON, (800) 47-DRUGS AND (800) US-FRAUD nationwide.

 

Callers may report crimes that have already been committed, as well as a possible or planned crime and threats of violence. WeTip allows citizens to report criminal activity without fear of reprisal, including drug and alcohol abuse, theft, sexual harassment, violence in the workplace, etc. Throughout the U.S., WeTip has aided law enforcement with over 443,000 tips leading to over 15,000 arrests, almost 8,000 convictions, over $24 million in recovered stolen property and cash, and the seizure of over $312 million (street value) in narcotics.