Published: Feb 16, 2011 12:09 AM EST
Updated: Feb 15, 2011 7:41 PM EST

LEE COUNTY- A new iPhone application is allowing people to provide an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers--while completely protecting their identity.

Crime Stoppers programs throughout the country, including Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers launched the new TipSubmit mobile app for the iPhone Tuesday.

This app is the first anonymous and fully featured iPhone application that allows the public to submit tips and help solve and prevent crime in their community.

To download the mobile app, tipsters can search for TipSoft or TipSubmit at the iTunes app store. Once the app is downloaded, tipsters are guided to find the Crime Stoppers program in their community. Once a local program is selected, tipsters are able to choose their own personal password.

Each time a tip is submitted through the app, the tipster is generated a code number, just as they would if they submitted a tip through the hotline or via the internet.

Although the mobile app is currently available for download to the iPhone through iTunes, at no cost, software creators anticipate having a similar app available for the Android platform within the next three months.