Fight crime with text messages

July 3, 2008 6:08:29 AM PDT
Police are looking for some help in "fingering" criminals.

Departments in a number of cities are inviting people to send in tips via cell phone text messages.

Police hope the idea helps recruit teens and 20-somethings who are used to texting their BFF's -- best friends forever.

Lisa Haber, a sheriff's detective with the Tampa, Florida-area Crime Stoppers unit, says real-time texting is a great communications tool.

Police in Boston report they're now getting nearly as many text tips as phone tips.

The texters in many cities can also receive cash rewards for letting their fingers do the -- talking.