Dublin Police Department’s crime text line ‘a huge success’

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dublin Police have added a new weapon to their utility belts—-their phones. The department’s crime text line allows residents to report if they see a crime.

“A witness or someone who may have information about a crime, they can contact us by way of text,” said Chief of Police Tim Chatman.

With the new text line, police can catch more bad guys now more than ever…why? Because everyone has access to their phones.

“Everyone has a smart phone, Android iPhone, or even a flip phone and that is the way of communication,” he said.

Chatman says the idea came as a way to help investigators like Captain Ronnie Holms solve cases where a witness might be hard to find.

“Specifically, drug investigations we were able to make a couple of big cases that lead to arrests,” he said.

Chatman says it was also a way to ensure the privacy and safety of a witness or anyone else reporting a crime.

“Police are running across situations where you have witnesses but they don’t want to talk because of the fear of retaliation,” he said.

Now the only fear witnesses may have to face is whether they’ve got cell service.

“People felt like they had to call and leave their name and information, that way now they feel more safe doing it by text,” said Holms.

Chatman says it’s been a huge success so far. “We are well over five hundred texts and we just started…it may be more than that,” he added.

So if you see something, say something…and know your secret is safe when you press ‘send’.

Chatman says it isn’t a replacement for calling 911, it’s just another way to get the information to authorities without being targeted later. The number for the text line is 478-595-7279.

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