Buffalo Police Launch 'Text a Tip'

September 27, 2013 Updated May 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Buffalo Police already receive 4,000 voice calls to their confidential tip line each year.

Starting this week, alert citizens will also be able to text tips on crimes, along with cell phone pictures and videos, Mayor Byron Brown announced on Monday afternoon.

"Text a Tip" will go on line at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Brown said.

"Text a Tip is just another tool to empower citizens to work with their police officers on making this city a safer place to live, work and do business," said Brown.

Citizens will use the same phone number for both text and voice calls, (716) 847-2255.

You will need to enter the area code to text information to police from your mobile phone.

Just like the confidential tip line for voice calls, city officials said the phone number of the person sending the message will be blocked.