Portsmouth Crime Line has a three part approach to solving crime in our community. We take your anonymous tips, we send them to Portsmouth police Department for investigation, and we pay out a cash reward if a tip leads to arrest, recovery of stolen property, or seizure of illegal drugs. Portsmouth Crime Line relies on cooperation among community partners: Portsmouth Police Department, local news media, and its community members, to provide a flow of information about criminal activity and in an effort to stop crime.
Anyone with knowledge of a crime can submit tips by calling the 1-888-LOCK-U-UPsm tip line, by using the P3 Tips mobile app or via the web. Tipsters are NEVER asked for their names or phone numbers, and they NEVER required to testify in court. When a tip is received, a tipster number is automatically generated and assigned to that specific tip. The tipster number is the only form of identification a tipster will need for any further communication with Crime Line, if and when the tipster is eligible for a cash reward.
If information provided results in arrest, apprehension of a fugitive, recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs, a cash reward ranging from $100 to $1000, is paid to the tipster.
The Phone Call
Calls are received through the 1-888-LOCK-U-UPsm
tip line, a stand-alone instrument, which does not provide caller ID and can make no outgoing calls. At no time are conversations on the crime tip line recorded. Crime Line call takers receive tip information and give the caller their randomly generated tip ID number and password. The tip is then passed through the police liaison to an investigating officer, who evaluates the tip and returns a disposition once investigation has concluded.
By guaranteeing a caller's anonymity, Crime Line allows callers to give crime information in a positive atmosphere without fear of retaliation.
And by offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest, Crime Line encourages even reluctant callers to provide information.