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June 28, 2013

New tools curbing crime

Law enforcement agencies are thinking outside the box to help curb crime.

The Mayes County Sheriff's Office has an anonymous tip line in place for citizens to report crime or suspicious activity. Anyone calling the number will reach an answering machine which allows complete anonymity. The messages are reviewed by sheriff's investigators.

Sheriff Mike Reed and his staff are committed to being as proactive against crime as possible. A website and Facebook page will be available soon.

Pryor Police Department has an interactive website to encourage communication with Pryor residents. Their site has an online services link under which 'contact an officer' can be selected. Any resident with a specific question may fill out the inquiry form to  leave their contact information and question.

The sheriff’s office tip line number is 918-825-3820.

A separate link is available to submit a tip. The form allows the individual the choice of providing contact information to hear back from an officer, or remain anonymous. There is also the option to forward the tip to a particular division or administrator.

OK VINE (Victim Information  and Notifi-cation Everyday) is a state-wide criminal tracking and victim notification system.

VINE is an automated service that helps victims of crime obtain immediate information about  an offender. The website says the service is free, available 24-hours-a-day and not just for use by victims.

The automated updates include offender transfers, out to court, unsupervised custody, escape, apprehension, release or death. To access the free service the interested party calls 1-877-654-8463 and enters the offender’s name. “Once the system locates the offender, it will give you a current offender status report, as well as the option to register for future notifications about change in the offender's status,” according to the website. It also says registration can be done online at www.vinelink.com.

The notifications are available as an app for an iphone or android smartphone or tablets.

“By providing a new mobile app for VINE we are giving crime victims and their families vital updates to help keep them safe,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said, on his website. “The hands-on app is easy to use and provides victims instant access to information 24-hours-a-day year round.”

For Android devices, users can search GooglePlay for “VINEMobile.” Apple phone and tablet users can use the Apple App Store and enter the same search.

Locally, the program provides information and updates on in the Mayes County Jail.

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