The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app and system to allow residents to submit anonymous tips from their phone.

Developed by tip411, the Vilas County Sheriff’s app puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members of all ages. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office website.

“We are dedicated to serve and protect the life and property of all full-time residents, part-time residents, and visitors of Vilas County,” said Sheriff Joseph Fath. “We believe the new Vilas County Sheriff’s app will help us improve the level and quality of service we provide by more easily connecting the public to our deputies to increase safety.”

The Vilas County Sheriff’s app and tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before law enforcement see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

“We’ve listened to feedback from partners like Vilas County and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch. “The Vilas County Sheriff’s app powered by tip411 will greatly improve the public’s ability to contact the Sheriff’s Office to help fight crime.”

Residents in Vilas County without a smartphone can send an anonymous text tip via their cell phone to police by texting keyword VILAS and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the department’s website.

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