The Mount Pleasant Police Department has a new way for people to send anonymous tips about criminal activity.

An “Anonymous Tip” icon has been added to the town’s smartphone application, Inspector Chip Googe said Tuesday.

Anybody with a cellphone can also send a tip by text to 274637, with the subject line MPPDTip.

Tips can also be reported anonymously online at Messages are received by a cloaking server, where they are encrypted and assigned an alias ID before being sent to an officer for follow-up, Googe said. The officer can ask questions online but will not have access to any information that identifies the sender, he said.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.