For years police have used tip lines to get information about crime and criminals from the public. Now, the Lexington Police Department is using a new website called idthisperson.com in hopes of getting more people to come forth with valuable information.
The site has pictures of people who police are wanting to contact. It doesn't indicate why police are looking for these people. Sgt. Jody Stowers says many of those on the site are wanted for financial crimes like shoplifting, fraud, or credit card theft. But others, Stowers says, could just be wanted for questioning as a possible witness to a crime.
The Lexington Police Department is one of the first departments in the state to use idthisperson.com but coordinators believe the site adds an additional level of anonymity that may get more people to provide crime solving information.
A $25 reward is available to tipsters who provide an email address. Providing an email address, however, is optional. Those who opt out of giving an email address will not receive the reward money.