In our editorial on Jan. 25 entitled “CODTIP text message feature to launch”, we discussed the new means available to students for contacting the college’s police.
Embracing the digital age we live in, by simply sending a text message to ‘67283’, an anonymous tip will be sent to the department with your message.
One of the Courier editors discovered graffiti on signs by the BIC 10 entrance walking into the college on Thursday and decided to try out the CODTIP function to see if it really works.
As we quickly learned when attempting to send the message, it is important to begin the message with simply ‘CODTIP’ then the rest of your message otherwise it won’t be received.
However, a return text will be sent informing you it wasn’t received so the user knows to try again.
When the message is successfully sent, it is received by the police and contact is made with a message sent back regarding the dispatch to an officer to the area.
After following up with the campus police in SRC 2100, an officer was sent in a few minutes after finishing up another call, due to a lower priority.
The newer technology and ease of use could easily increase student participation in alerting officials of crime, graffiti or suspicious activity.
As the editor admitted, the ease of communication with the department should work to motivate a notification system with better participation. As we have seen first-hand, it works and only took seconds to inform the police with virtually no hassle to the user reducing excuses. It really is that easy.
If any other graffiti is spotted, we encourage you to alert the police whether in person or through a text message tip.
With a tool available literally at our fingertips to make the college a better place, it only makes sense to utilize it. In addition to the text message feature, in emergencies the call boxes are available at various locations around campus.