The Whitewater Police Department is partnering with Walworth County Crime Stoppers to bring an anonymous tip system called TipSoft to Whitewater. TipSoft will allow community members to anonymously provide tips to the Whitewater Police Department either online or by text message.
Those wishing to provide a tip by text message will be able to do so by sending a text to “TIP4WC” with an attached message. Tips will also be able to be sent online by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” TipSoft link that will be found below as well as the Whitewater Police Department Facebook page. Once the tip is submitted it will be sent to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office where it will be sorted and then directed to the Whitewater Police Department.
We look forward to receiving your tips, but remember if there is an emergency, always dial 911 so that Police and Emergency Services can respond as quickly as possible!
Submitting a tip using a cell phone:
- Text your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)
- Start your message with the agency keyword TIP4WC (Agency key word) plus your message. Standard rates may apply.
Submitting a tip using the web:
- Click on this Submit a Tip link
- Fill out the form and submit your crime tip
Tips submitted through these methods are encrypted, entirely confidential, completely anonymous, and they are immediately and securely transmitted.
If you need police attention, please call the Whitewater Police Department directly at (262) 473-0555 (Emergency 911). If you would like to report information anonymously, you make call (262) 473-0555 or contact Crime Stoppers:
Walworth County Crime Stoppers
P.O. Box 33
City/State/Zip: Elkhorn, WI 53121
Tip Line: (800) 242‐7463
Fax: (262) 741‐4616
Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN)
The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network from the Wisconsin Department of Justice allows local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies to send out crime alert bulletins to businesses and the public targeting recipients based upon type of business and location. Alerts are sent via email, SMS (text message), and fax to those signed up to receive alerts.
In early 2013, a local business experienced a late night burglary. The Whitewater Police Department sent a statewide alert using the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network about this burglary and the items taken. A nearby jurisdiction with the same business received our crime alert and placed a portable alarm on the business. That very night, the business was burglarized, and responding officers captured the suspects and found them to be armed with a handgun. A joint investigation with Whitewater detectives and area agencies resulted in several felony charges in multiple counties. It is likely that these crimes of a statewide scale, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and loss, would not have been solved without the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network!
The Network is a partnership between police, businesses, and the public to fight crime. The Network has been used to identify suspects, find missing persons, and alert users of crime waves before they happen in their community. Dozens of other success stories have resulted in the Network’s use, which can be read about here: http://www.wisconsincrimealert.gov/WCANSuccessStories.html
You can customize the alerts you receive to specific types of businesses or area regions. Register here: http://www.wisconsincrimealert.gov/register.html
Identity theft is defined as the unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information or documents. This can include the use of a name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, or other information.
Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft:
- Store personal information in a secure location, such as a lock box or a safe
- Protect your Social Security number (never carry your card in a wallet or purse)
- Use a document shredder to discard receipts or other paperwork containing personal information
- Keep track of statements from financial institutions; ensure that all purchases have been authorized
- Immediately report lost or stolen: purses, wallets, driver’s licenses, ID cards, debit/credit cards, Social Security cards, passports, or any other items containing personal information
- Avoid responding to unsolicited requests for personal information in the mail, over the phone, or online
- Be alert for individuals attempting to view your PIN number in stores or at ATMs
- Secure your home wireless internet network with a password
- Use different passwords for every online account
- Only give personal or credit/debit card information to trusted websites
If you suspect that you are the victim of identity theft:
- Contact Credit Bureaus: Equifax 1-800-525-6285, Experian 1-888-397-3742,TransUnion 1-800-680-7289
- Report the incident to your financial institution and close any account that has been tempered with or opened fraudulently
- Contact your local law enforcement agency and file a police report, obtain copies of the police report to submit to creditors and financial institutions.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission 1-877-423-4338
Lock and Protect Your Vehicle!
The summer months historically bring a rise in thefts from vehicles. Officers find that the majority of the time the vehicles entered were unlocked and there were valuables inside. While the Whitewater Police Department provides around-the-clock patrols, we encourage everyone to secure their vehicle and help prevent these crimes.
What are the best ways to protect your vehicle?
- Keep the vehicle in the garage, driveway, or parking lot (Two thirds of all vehicle entries occur with cars parked on the street.)
- Lock the doors and roll up the windows.
- Remove all valuable items, even spare change and cords, that can be seen from outside.
- Keep any items you need in the car in the trunk or a locked compartment.
- Never keep the keys inside the vehicle.
- Try to park in an area with adequate lighting.
Trailer for Ten Forty Eight an awareness film about teen prescription drug abuse
Protecting your prescription medication has never been more important than it is today. Take the time to view this important message and feel free to contact the Whitewater Police Department with any questions about prescription drug abuse.