The Evanston Police Department is seeking to remind the community about how and when to use Text-A-Tip. Text-A-Tip is a separate program from the emergency telephone number 911 system that lets citizens anonymously submit information about criminal activity such as:

  • information that assists in crime prevention
  • information about ongoing investigations
  • narcotics tips
  • ongoing nuisance problems

A cell phone user can use the program by typing “274637” (which spells out the word “CRIMES”) in the phone number line. Then type “EPDTIP” in the message, followed by as much information as possible, and press the send key. The program provides anonymity by replacing the cell phone number with a code which is contained in an automatic text reply.

Text-A-Tip should not be utilized for emergency situations requiring immediate police response. If the crime is in-progress or if there is an emergency, please call 911. If you have a general inquiry, need a police report, or are not sure if Text-A-Tip is right for the circumstances, please call the police non-emergency number 847-866-5000. 

More information about Text-A-Tip is available on the City’s website.