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Michael Keran, director of public safety technology and records for the Scottsdale Police Department, said a new program called TipSoft yields about six tips a week through texts and emails. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Fara Illich)

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Technology allowing police to take tips, reports via the Web, mobile apps

When people spot a crime or possible criminal here, they can now text or email a tip directly to police - along with pictures and video.