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St. Charles police launch online tip reporting effort

Published: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 7:06 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department has launched another way citizens can provide tips about crimes.

Reports of suspicious activity now are accepted through the city’s website, www.stcharlesil.gov.

“We know a lot of people nowadays like to do things by emails,” Chief Jim Lamkin said. “Our goal is to make the ability to give us information as easily accessible as possible.”

The online form provides space for information on the suspect, location and a summary of the complaint or criminal activity. Images also can be submitted.

Participation is voluntary and anonymous, but users do have the option to provide contact information for follow-ups.

All information will be confidential.

The tips will be reviewed daily, Lamkin said. But that doesn’t necessarily mean police will act on information immediately.

Tips still will be accepted through the drug and crime tip line at 866-378-4267. It rings directly into a voice mailbox for callers to leave a message.

Those wanting to speak directly with an officer should call 630-377-4435. Residents still should call 911 to report emergencies.

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