P.E.I. Crime Stoppers coordinator and manager Phil Pitts has told CBC News that prospective tipsters should not send tips through Facebooks, since anonymity is an essential part of the program. He continued that users should instead submit information about crimes through the Crime Stoppers website, over the phone or through text messaging.
Pitts revealed that the organization receives several tips each month from people on the social media platform. However, their attempts to reach out through their accounts defeat an important part of the service. “Our program is based on anonymity so when we receive them via Facebook messenger we just delete them,” he added.
He said that Crime Stoppers is adapting to new forms of communication, but that the organization’s purpose can’t be compromised.
“We want to provide a program where they can submit a tip without fear of reprisals or anything like that,” he said.
“So the anonymity part is key to the program.”
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