Police: Online Bluegrass Crimestoppers tips "higher quality"

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Bluegrass Crimestoppers has been in the Lexington Community for 20 years and now, their spokesperson says crime tips are on the rise.

"It's actually increased our tips by 20-30 percent," explained Lexington Police Detective Robert Sarrantonio, who is the department's liaison to the organization. In addition to serving as liaison, Sarrantonio keeps track of each and every tip that comes in by phone or on-line. He says the relatively new web tip option has lead to a lot more traffic.

Sarrantonio say it's literally as easy as logging on to BluegrassCrimestoppers.com. Once there, you can check out wanted people or crimes of the week and hit the "help solve his crime tab" to help officers catch the suspect bad guys.

"It gives you a code number, ok, and that is your name. Never will I ask you your name, your anything about you your email. Because its designed to keep you anonymous."

Sarrantonio says that laws here in Kentucky are designed to keep Crimestoppers tipsters safe; allowing folks with information about crimes to go ahead and step forward. To ensure their safety, the website takes anonymity a step further.

"They scrub ip addresses," Sarrantonio explained.

Beyond staying anonymous online, investigators say the web tips are even more helpful than anonymous messages left by phone. That's because for the first time, they can open up a the lines of communication it's those trying to solve these crimes.

"I can send a message via the tip site back to the person giving the info, and get more information."

To give phone tips, call 859-253-2020.

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