RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A website is being used now by both Crime Solvers and Crime Stoppers in our area. All you need to do is log onto your computer, submit a crime tip anonymously and you could be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
The website is called Tipsubmit.com. It's on 24 hours a day and it's an easy way for you to tell police what you know about crime near you, without them knowing you sent them the tip.
It's your average looking website, no glitz or glamour, but it's proving to be a big hit for Crime Solvers.
"Web tips 24 hours a day and that way we can answer them more quickly!" says Det. Jacquie Conner with Crime Solvers and the Chesterfield Police Department.
For the past year and a half, detectives have been getting between 20 and 30 tips per month, all helping to solve crimes in your neighborhood.
Now Crime Stoppers is getting onboard. In fact, in just the past two days since posting the www.tipsubmit.com on Twitter, 10 tips have come in.
"We are trying to reach a younger crowd that we haven't been successful with in the past," says Detective John Flores with Crime Stoppers and the Richmond Police Department. "We hope the new generation that uses social media, we're going to get in with them."
Here's how the site works. You log on and click submit a tip. Then, your information is sent to a third party secure group that clears your tip of all your private information. After that, police receive your anonymous tip.
"If we accidentally gave out any information, our program would go under," says Detective Conner. That's how serious they are, about keeping your tips online, anonymous.
Detective Flores says the tips that are coming in are about crimes police normally wouldn't get a call on.
"They rather submit all the info online that way they can send us pictures and at the same time, we can talk right back with them in the live chat," says Det. Flores.
Another plus is that you could still be eligible for the $1,000 reward if you help solve a crime, all done at your fingertips from anywhere, even at work.
Detective Flores says they plan on working with VCU in the coming months to get the word out about a new way to solve crime, that's happening in your backyard.