Crimestoppers Turns to Text

Crimestoppers UK is rolling out a pilot scheme in three East London schools, focused on combating knife crime. As part of the scheme, for the first time, UK mobile phone users will be able to provide anonymous crime-fighting information via text messaging. Mobile transaction network mBlox has teamed up with Anderson Software, LLC, an applications specialist for the law enforcement, homeland security and emergency management industries to enable citizens to send anonymous information on crime incidents by sending an encrypted text message to a dedicated Crimestoppers number.
The popularity of text messaging has created a significant opportunity for the public to help police forces fight crime, says mBlox Executive Chairman Andrew Bud. The ability for any citizen who owns a mobile phone to assist in crime solving is of great importance to communities globally, and we are excited to play such a pivotal role in the transmission of vital information that helps fight crime.
Crimestoppers UK Bureau Manager and Vice President of Crime Stoppers International,
Michael Gordon-Gibson, says he is confident the pilot will be a success, and says that if it is, it will be rolled  out to schools across London, with a view to a nationwide roll out in the near future. He says:
This initiative is a great way to enable us to work with young people and encourage them to join our fight against crime. We know that the young people are happy to help in our fight against crime providing it is straightforward and easy to do. They email and make phone calls, but nowhere near as much as they text. SMS is a fantastic way to reach out to this demographic. Its easily accessible and provides young people with peace of mind, given the complete anonymity of the service.
mBlox enables businesses to deliver and bill for mobile services and content around the world, while simplifying the commercial and technical complexities involved. Through its partnership with Anderson Software, mBlox will provide access to the networks to ensure that possible crime-solving tips reliably reach law enforcers, while protecting the anonymity of the sender.
The pilot scheme will use Andersons TipSoft SMS application, which has been built specifically to allow text messaging informants to remain anonymous, by encrypting the messages and routing them through several secure servers, protecting the personal details of the informant.
Due to the massive popularity of text messaging, we felt it was necessary to develop a secure and anonymous means of easy communication between mobile phone users and law enforcement, sasy Anderson Software CEO, Kevin Anderson. With TipSoft SMS, everyday citizens will have the opportunity to offer an anonymous tip, when they are out and about, via a simple text message.
In addition to the UK roll-out, TipSoft has also launched in the US and Canada, where programmes are already in operation. Theres more information on TipSoft SMS here.