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Palo Alto Police Launches Anonymous Tip Service

Original post made by Steve, Old Palo Alto, on Feb 4, 2010

Saw this on the city web site: Web Link

Palo Alto Police Launches Anonymous Tip Service

The Palo Alto Police Department has joined forces with TipNow™ to launch a new service that will enable police to receive anonymous cell phone text messages and e-mail communications from the public. When a text message or e-mail is sent to, the TipNow service encrypts the sender's cell phone number or e-mail address and strips the message of any identifiable information. The message is then forwarded to police.

This new service allows the public to send a text or e-mail message to and report what they are seeing or provide information about a case police may be investigating. The public can even attach photos and videos to the tip. The TipNow system encrypts the caller's cell phone number or e-mail message and forwards the tip on to the police. Investigative personnel can then access the message and determine the best course of action. Police can also respond anonymously to maintain two-way communications with the person providing the information.

TipNow does not replace 9-1-1 service, but is best used to send information regarding non-emergency suspicious activity or crimes under investigation.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Given that Toyota is recalling almost its whole fleet because of soft ware involving serious problems with acceleration, and 27,0000 Toyota hybrids because of software problems to do with brakes, we should be careful in PA and give those cars a great deal of distance until they are fixed.
The Apple co-founder revealed the soft ware problems--- good for him

The problem appears to be in the source code in both matters, not an easy fix

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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm


Is that a police tip you're reporting?

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Maybe she's tipping off the police to watch Toyota drivers very carefully for erratic driving?

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