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City of Marion launches 'Text-a-Tip'

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MARION, SC (WMBF) - The City of Marion is launching a new program to allow citizens to report information about crimes.

See crime happening? The City of Marion Police Department's "Text-a-Tip" program will roll out at the end of September.

If you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress, simply send a text message to 430-0938 from your mobile phone.

Mayor Rodney Berry stresses this program's implementation does not replace calling 911 for emergency services, but is an option in addition to dialing 911.

"It's so important today. Police cannot do it alone. I don't think any police department across the state can tell you they can do it alone. We absolutely depend on the citizens. And this is a way they can get involved more than ever," Mayor Berry said.

The text you send will be received by city police officers. A call to 911 dispatches officers and fire and rescue personnel as needed.

"This is just another option for citizens in our combined efforts to stop crime in the City of Marion," Berry said. "Together we can work to make Marion safer and to make a difference in our communities."

"Certainly with our campaign, it's going to deter criminal activity. But I think people just knowing they can pick up and text right away any kind of suspicious behavior does give them some sense of safety," Berry said.

Georgetown County Sheriff's Office started the program along the Grand Strand and gives a detailed, online look at how the text-a-tip program works.

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