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How do I give anonymous tips to police?

Brian Freskos
StarNews

Police officers probably love the fact that someone posed this question. One complaint I have often heard from police is that their investigations stall or are significantly slowed by members of the public unwilling to divulge critical information.

So if you have some pertinent information but don’t want your identity made public, there are several ways to do it.

If you want to help solve a crime in Wilmington, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-531-9845 or the front desk at (910) 343-3600 and ask to speak with a detective assigned to the case, said Lucy Crockett, a Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman. You also can text a tip using a cell phone by entering Tip708 and the information into a text message and sending it to CRIMES (274637). If it’s a drug crime you want to talk about, call the WPD’s drug hotline at 1-866-973-6272.

For crimes in New Hanover County, Cpl. Jerry Brewer, a spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, said people should visit www.newhanoversheriff.com, click on the division handling the case and call to speak with a detective. If you don’t want to disclose your identity, you don’t have to.

The same goes for the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, where Sheriff Carson Smith says anyone can call (910) 259-1212 and ask to speak with the division handling the case. “If somebody wants to remain anonymous, that’s the way we’re going to keep it,” Smith said.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has a neat little tool built into their website at www.brunswicksheriff.com that allows people to submit information anonymously. Visit the website and click on Submit A Tip on the left-hand side of the screen. Follow the instructions for giving tips anonymously. You can also call the main office line at (910) 253-2777 and ask to speak with the division handling the case.

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