BRICK – The Brick Township Police Department is now offering a new tip reporting system for residents to anonymously report suspicious activity. This system, called “We Tip”, is funded by the New Jersey School Insurance Group through the Brick Township Board Township Board of Education.
WeTip provides residents with a program that “mitigates, deters and controls inappropriate and dangerous conduct and provides organizational transparency,” according to police. It helps police respond to tragedies before they occur.
Police report that students often know about tragedies before they occur.
“We know that targeted school shootings rarely happen without some sort of warning sign. The U.S. Secret Service conducted the Safe School Initiative, a study of school shootings and other school-based attacks and found that usually “at least one other person had some type of knowledge of the attacker’s plan,” stated police. “Often it is this failure to alert authorities on their suspicions which affects our ability to prevent the violent act before it occurs.”
WeTip can help mitigate this problem by alerting authorities in a timely fashion. WeTip is a toll-free crime hotline open 24/7. Operators will receive calls and then relay that information to the proper law enforcement channels. WeTip is not just for schools, but also responds to municipalities, school districts, corporations, small businesses, housing authorities and public and private agencies.
“When WeTip is implemented, it causes individuals to think twice before engaging in unacceptable conduct; discouraging harmful or inappropriate behavior from happening in the first place and fostering a positive organizational culture,” police stated.
WeTip has already demonstrated a 90 percent decrease in crime in participating school districts.
To report an anonymous tip, call 1-800-78Wetip (800-782-7463) or report online at wetip.com. These phone lines and websites are monitored 24/7, 365 days a year.
WeTip is not intended to replace police for emergency response. In an emergency, call 911 or the Brick Police at 732-262-1100.