WeTiP Hotline (800)78 CRIME
September 30, 2005
TO: All Principals/Site Administrators
FROM: Vince Matranga, Sergeant Police Services
SUBJECT: WeTiP HOTLINE
In an effort to reduce school related crime, the Schools Insurance Authority has adopted the “WeTiP” program, an anonymous hotline that receives crime tips from students, school staff and community members who have information about crimes and potentially dangerous activity on school campuses.
“WETIP” is both a prevention tool and a crime reporting instrument for member schools affected by problems such as arson, illegal drug use, graffiti, vandalism, weapons and bullying. By promoting the “WETIP” program among students, staff, and neighbors, schools affirm that they will not tolerate crimes on their campuses and reveal that their sites are being watched.
Established in 1972, the hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Callers to “WETIP” are totally anonymous not just confidential. There is no tracing of calls or any way to identify callers. This may be an incentive to anyone who has hesitation about sharing information for fear of being identified. A reward of up to $1,000.00 per crime is offered, and a system is in place to pay any rewards anonymously.
For the program to be a success, it must be promoted regularly, and “WETIP” posters are available for mounting around school campuses for all to see. It’s also especially important to post the “WETIP” phone number following incidents of campus arson or vandalism. The “WETIP” hotline is (800)78-CRIME and the website is www.wetip.com.
Sergeant Vince Matranga will be the liaison for the “WETIP” program. “WETIP” posters and informational brochures will be mailed to your school as soon as they arrive. Should you have any questions, please contact Lieutenant Katherine Lester at 643-7444 or 752-3620.