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Just in time for classes to begin, the UT Police Department has launched new efforts to enhance campus safety and keep you and the entire UT community more informed.

New tools include an anonymous tip service and improved efforts to share information about UTPD’s activities through social media.

Tip411, a national anonymous text messaging program, adds a new dimension to the “eyes and ears” on the street by providing you another avenue for sharing information with police.

The program is a tool that allows you to text message an anonymous tip to police and the police to respond, creating a two-way anonymous conversation. Tip411’s technology removes all identifying information before police read the message so there is no way to identify that you have sent the message.

If you have a cell phone, you can now send an anonymous tip by texting the letters “UTPD” followed by the tip information to Tip411 (847411). Anonymous tips can also be submitted through UTPD’s website. A new Tip411 app for iPhone and Android smartphones will be available soon.

UTPD also has ramped up its social media efforts to share safety tips and information about campus crime through Facebook and Twitter.

UTPD now tweets a daily crime log with information on recent police reports. They also tweet and post on Facebook a weekly report of case clearance activity.