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Montgomery County Launches Anonymous Crime Tips App

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Montgomery County is launching an anonymous crime tips app for residents.

The free app is called "STOPit." Users can press the "report" button, type in crime information, add a photo or video and then hit the "send" button to report a crime.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Users need to input the access code "MONTCOPA" to get the correct version.

All texted tips will be received by the county's 911 Emergency Communications Center which is run by the Department of Public Safety.

The center will dispatch law enforcement for tips that require an immediate response. Non-urgent tips will be sent to the Montgomery County on-call detective.

The app is a joint venture undertaken by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

"In Montgomery County, we are fortunate that residents take the safety of their community seriously and realize that they are part of that effort, coming forward as witnesses to crimes and standing up for victims," said District Attorney Kevin R. Steele. "People's cell phones are never far from their fingertips, and this app makes cell phones a powerful tool in fighting crime by allowing residents to anonymously share what they know and see, especially about drug dealing and homicides right in their own neighborhood or whenever they go about their business."

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