Prevention Programs

Tip411 - Anonymous tips via web, e-mail or text

The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office is the first in New Jersey to use anonymous two way texting of tips. Tip411 (847411) has been implemented by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office as a tool to allow anyone to provide information anonymously to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office via website, Phone App, text message and Facebook. This kind of “on demand” capability enables the public to provide information while maintaining total anonymity.
tip411 Opens in new windowA third party company called Citizen Observer removes your phone number or your computer's ID number, then it is encrypted and replaces it with an ID number then sends it to our Sheriff Office. Even through court orders we will not be able to obtain the identity of the tipster because it does not exist. You should receive a response within 24 hours after your tip was received. (Please DO NOT use this system to report Emergencies. If you have an EMERGENCY, call 911.)


To download the APP, go to the APP store on your cell phone, type in CMCSO Tips, select the APP and install it on your phone. You can then immediately begin to send anonymous tips. There is no cost for this APP, installation or use.

Once you download the “APP”, you will only have to click on the APP, hit the “new tip” button, type your message and hit send. Your anonymous message will be immediately sent to the Sheriff’s Office.


  • On your Cell Phone, start a new text to:  847411 (TIP411).
  • In the message field, type "cmcso" without the quotation marks, then start typing your message. Try to provide as much information as you can. You will only need to type the "cmcso" in the very first message only.
  • Send it
  • You will receive an automatic response message advising that your message was received.
  • Within 24 hours you will receive a text back possibly asking for more information about what you reported or advising you what action we will be taking.
  • You can just reply as if having a normal texting conversation with someone. You do not need to type the "cmcso" again.
  • After we stop texting, the link between us is still connected and confidential, so you may receive a response text from us at anytime with a question or other information. If you wish to terminate the link just text the word "stop" by itself in a message, send it, and we will no longer be able to contact you.


  • Go to the Cape May County Sheriff's Office website at
  • Go to the TIP411 page. This instruction page will display in the main window and the Tip Submission page will pop up in a new window. (You may need to change your browser settings to allow pop-ups if it does not work.) You can also go directly to to bring up our tip submission page only.
  • Enter a subject in the subject field and hit the "TAB" key or use your mouse to go to the details field. You can type anything in this field. If you want to add a photo, then go directly to the next step now. If you are not adding a photo, just click the submit button and skip the next step.
  • To upload a photo from your computer just click on the browse button and select the photo file from the directory you have the photo stored in. When you are done click the submit button to send.
  • When you have sent your tip, you will be directed to a new page that reads:

                     Your Tip has successfully been submitted
                     Your Id. for further tips is: ???##?.
  • IMPORTANT!!!! Copy your id code that is displayed and save it on paper. You will need to enter this code in the "Follow up Login ID" field to see any responses from us if you should log in at a later time. All responses will be displayed in the "History" block towards the bottom of the page.
  • Even after we stop texting each other the link between us is still connected and confidential, so you may receive a response text from us at anytime with a question or other information. If you wish to terminate the link between us just type the word "stop" by itself in the "details" field and the link will be disconnected and we will no longer be able to contact you.

You can now submit an anonymous tip through our Facebook page.

* As with any electronic and digital equipment, there is always the possibility of downtime for maintenance, failure or heavy volume of cellular data transmissions. Responses may be delayed due to any or all of these reasons which are out of our control. We respond as soon as we receive the message.

Senior Citizens Safety

  • Annual Seminars on Various Topics
  • Anti-Fraud, Telemarketing Scams, and Home Repair Scams
  • Nursing Home Safety for Residents and Administrators
  • Communicating with Seniors
  • Active Membership on Senior Citizen Targeted Board
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
  • TRIAD- Composed of AARP, National Sheriff's Association, and National Association of Chief's of Police
  • Annual Training
  • Attendance annually at a Regional TRIAD Training Conference

Other Crime Prevention and Safety Programs

Crime Stoppers - A community program geared toward public involvement in the fight against crime. It offers cash rewards up  to $1,000.00 and anonymity to citizens who furnish information leading to the arrest of criminal offenders and to capture felony fugitives.

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that depends on the involvement of private citizens and business for information and donations to help fight crime or potential terrorism in our communities.

Crime Stoppers SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM TIP LINE is a community program geared toward identifying groups or individuals who may through their actions or words have indicated they may be a potential threat to a school or group of schools. When a call is received by Safe Schools Tip Line, it is logged with the date, time, and a brief summary of the callers information. Callers remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identity. Caller ID is NOT used on this line.

To report crime or suspicious activities call (609) 465-2800 or TOLL FREE at (877) 465-2801 . For Emergencies dial 9-1-1.

To make a tax deductible donation to help fight crime send your donation to:

                                Cape May Co. Crime Stoppers Inc.
                                P.O. Box 104
                                Cape May Court House
                                New Jersey 08210

Check out the Crime Stoppers USA website.

National Crime Prevention Council - To receive an informational booklet (United for a stronger America) of action ideas on how to restore a sense of control and reconnection to the community.

Office for the Victims of Crime - The OVC has established a national toll-free information line (800-331-0075) for victims and families of victims that respond to the needs of crime victims affected by the terrorist attacks. The information line is staffed by trained mental health professionals that provide crisis counseling.

Federal Emergency Management Agency - The (FEMA) website offers information for children and adults dealing with the aftermath of the events of September 11th, 2001.

The children's section on FEMA's web site, includes explanations of what terrorist attacks are, a list of things children can do to feel better about things, and a section where kids around the country can share how they feel about terrorism events.

American Red Cross - The Red Cross provides a disaster education kit for grades K-8 entitled " Masters of Disaster" to help schools incorporate disaster preparedness and response skills into such core subjects as math, social studies, science, and language arts. 800-448-3543 .

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The web site contains important information on public health emergency preparedness and response. The site includes a variety of health alerts, advisories, fact sheets, and updates.

United States Postal Investigation Service - If you believe some of your mail has been stolen or tampered with, immediately notify your local post office or the Postal Inspection Service. The Postal Inspection Service Can be reached (503)-279-2060

C.A.T. Eyes Program -  Web Site for Community Anti- Terrorism Program. Report Suspicious activities to the F.B.I.

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - has valuable information related to crime prevention. Click on the links below  to view some of the important information about different scams they have discovered.  

Safe Kids WorldWide  -  offers many safety tips concerning children and has links to other sites of similar interest.

Substance Abuse Prevention - The Addiction Center can you help you locate a treatment center. Get 24/7 help now at (855) 671-5354 or inquire on their website. All calls are free and confidential.
American Red Cross

Other Community Safety Related Projects / Programs

  • Security Surveys of City Housing Authorities via Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Technique
  • Assorted Public Service Announcements on Seasonal Crime Prevention

Speakers Bureau

Various topics related to Sheriff's Office and Crime Prevention

To Contact the Crime Prevention Unit for Literature or presentations call (609) 463-6420 x4402.