UT's fall semester gets underway Thursday and each incoming class is more tech savvy than the last. So UT police say they want to keep up.
In recent years they started providing more crime updates on Twitter and Facebook, plus a system where people could report crimes on and around campus.
Now they're taking that system one step further. They've joined a national text messaging program called Tip 411. Anyone with a cell phone can now text an anonymous tip by sending the letters "UTPD", followed by the tip information to "Tip411", that's (8-4-7-4-1-1).
The program's software removes all identifying information before police read the message so the tipster remains anonymous, but it still lets them interact with the tipster.
"The Tip 411 program allows us to have a chat with that person if you will. It provides us with a little bit more capabilities to communicate with the individuals who are reporting to us," said Emily Simerly.
UTPD is also adding a daily crime log to its Twitter account, and will allow social media users to access updates on crimes that were previously reported. They say the number one reported crime on campus continues to be theft.