Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Stoneham Police Department Announces New Text and Voice Crime Tip Lines
STONEHAM — Chief James McIntyre and the Stoneham Police Department are pleased to announce the creation of new crime tip lines designed to quickly, easily, and, if needed, anonymously allow residents to alert police to crimes, quality of life issues, and/or drug activity in the community.
The tip lines are monitored by members of the Stoneham Police Department Detective Bureau, and they allow citizens to directly reach high-level members of the department who are engaged in vital investigative work in town.
The department has initiated the following lines:
- Drug Tips: 781-832-0156
- General Tips: 781-832-0292
Citizens wishing to send a tip can either send a text message to the appropriate number, or they can call the number and leave a voice message, which will be transcribed to text.
The detectives will only know who you are and how to reach you if you voluntarily include that information in the tip. Otherwise, all tips are considered anonymous.
These resources are not designed to initiate an emergency response, and residents should always dial 911 in case of emergency.
“Our residents and business owners are our eyes and ears, and they play a vital role in the overall safety and quality of life in Stoneham,” Chief McIntyre said. “I encourage everyone with concerns or information about drugs or other illegal activity in our community to use these resources.”
The tip line numbers can also be found on the Stoneham Police Department website at www.stoneham-ma.gov/police-department.
Over the past few years, there are numerous local examples of anonymous tip lines directly contributing to the arrests of violent felons and drug dealers. Wakefield Police captured a wanted felon in 2014; in Bedford, anonymous tips led to the capture of a bank robber within three hours; North Reading Police arrested an alleged robber earlier this year; and in March, citizen tips helped lead to the arrest of a suspect in the theft of money from a church collection box.