Dunwoody police report they have acquired a new Web-based computer program that allows residents to make anonymous tips online or by text message.

Tips issued through the program are encrypted and confidential, the department said in a press release.

The program was acquired to allow residents who might be concerned for their safety to submit tips concerning the Nov. 18 homicide of Russell Sneiderman, police said. Sneiderman was shot shortly after he dropped his children off at a pre-school in Dunwoody. Police  have said they are looking for a bearded man who fled in a silver minivan with no license plate.

The “TipSoft” program is available by accessing the department’s website, www.dunwoodypolice.com, and clicking on “SUBMIT A CRIME TIP.”

The program encrypts cell phone numbers before they reach police and allows an encrypted two-way conversation between police and a caller.

“We want to give potential witnesses or concerned citizens, who may have information, a simple and convenient way to get that information to the police department,” Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan said in a press release issued Nov. 24.

Dunwoody police ask that people with information about the case contact Det.  Andrew Thompson at 678-382-6921 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, use “TipSoft” to contact the department.

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