MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's a new way to fight crime on the lakeshore. Muskegon County Silent Observer is now accepting tips via text message.
An awareness campaign started Friday morning. The new Lakeshore Crime Stopper and Silent Observer text and tip lines are being operated by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
It's easy, just text MKGTIP and your message to 274637. Tipsters receive codes used to claim cash rewards following convictions on solved crimes.
"Once you send that text you will get an automatic reply and it explains that if you do not want to participate in any two way communication, you just text the word stop," explained Lt. James Christiansen of the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office.
A new website for tips is also available at www.silentobservermuskegon.com.