Have a Crime to Report? There’s an App for That!
Fairfax County Crime Solvers has provided an anonymous tip line for the public to report crime since 1979. In 2008 we introduced secure text and email capabilities. We are now proud to promote a new smartphone app to further the public’s ability to report crimes anonymously!
The free app, TipSubmit, is the first app of its kind and works on both the iPhone and Android phones. It allows the public to anonymously submit tips to police through their local Crime Solvers program. This mobile app works with the existing TipSoft software already utilized by Fairfax County Crime Solvers for their text and email tips. However, the app offers even more because it has the ability to use GPS to auto-locate the nearest Crime Solvers program or law enforcement agency. Users may also manually select a location for their tip. Tipsters may include photos and videos with their tips.
In Virginia, tipsters and their information are protected under Virginia state law (15.2-1713.1)when their information is reported to a certified Crime Solvers program. For the tipster that fears retaliation, this state law is essential. It allows the tipster to communicate through a Crime Solvers program and still maintain their anonymity. As with the text and email capabilities, this app continues to promote that two-way communication, allowing real-time chat between the tipster and program.
Smart phone users are encouraged to download this free app and use it when you have information on a crime or a wanted person. For additional information on this new app, please visit
For crimes occurring in Fairfax County, tipsters may continue to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), e-mail tips at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637). Find us on Facebook!
Tom Coyle, the Chairman of Fairfax County
Crime Solvers, said that “Michael & Son Services represents the best of the
business community and an essential partner in the mission of Crime Solvers. The
success of our organization is dependent upon our partnerships with business
leaders, the media and the public all working together to make Fairfax County a
safe place to live, work and visit. Michael & Son Services should be commended
for their outreach efforts.”
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|To Whom It May Concern
The men and women of the Fairfax County Police Department are honored and privileged to serve a supportive and engaged community. This support is demonstrated in many ways, but one of the most effective is the Fairfax County Crime Solvers program, which is a community-oriented partnership between citizens, the business community, the police, and the media working together to fight crime.
The Fairfax County Police Department wholeheartedly supports and endorses the work of Fairfax County Crime Solvers, Inc., and I strongly encourage you and your business or organization to consider supporting their efforts as well. Fairfax County Crime Solvers, Inc., also regularly needs new board members who are willing to get involved in making our community a safer and better place to live, work, and play. The commitment of the board members has truly made a difference in our community.
Community safety is a shared responsibility and we are all stakeholders. As they receive no public funds, Crime Solvers depends on donations from citizens and businesses to pay for the tips that so often help our Police Department solve crimes and arrest offenders. Any support or assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated, not only by Crime Solvers, but by the community, the men and women of the Fairfax County Police Department, and by me.
When asking what you can do to help your community and your Police Department, please consider supporting Crime Solvers and join us in working together in the fight against crime.
David M. Rohrer, Colonel