Walker County Sheriff's Office launches crime reporting app

Published: Jan. 28, 2016 at 11:55 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2016 at 11:55 PM CST
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WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Walker County Sheriff's Office now has an app called Walker Tips that lets residents report crime and remain anonymous.

If you don't want to download the app, you can text WALKER plus your tip to 847411. Once you send a tip, you'll receive a confirmation.

The app also lets the sheriff's office communicate with you while maintaining your anonymity. Users can even send video and pictures.

The crime fighting app was announced today, but has already been posted on the sheriff's department's Facebook page and has already been receiving tips.
The idea came together with help from the Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Community in Action Coalition and District Attorney Bill Adair.

The push in Walker County is to encourage people to download the free app and use it when they see a problem, from a possible drunk driver to suspicious activity.

Authorities hope this gets teens and young adults more active and reporting crime.

"It's an easy way for them to communicate their concerns without exposing them to ridicule or peer pressure," Judge Henry Allred said.

"This is a chance for each of us to be anonymous, completely anonymous, and still fight crime," Tina Aaron with Community in Action Coalition said.

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