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What is a tip tent?

Discussion in 'General Information & Discussion' started by highflyer, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. highflyer

    highflyer New Member

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    What exactly is a tip tent? Guessing a staffed place to collect information. But why would people give it there rather than to police or online? Haven't ever seen one so I'm just curious.
     
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  3. Lexiintoronto

    Lexiintoronto Well-Known Member

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    I've been to a few searches where there are police vans, stations and volunteer tip tents. I'm certain another WSer will have a better explanation, but they are a group of volunteers who are usually close to a victim of a crime, misadventure or accident, who organize to highlight information about the victim and the circumstances, and hope to draw possible tips from the public to aid the investigation

    They seem to be less intimidating than making a formal tip to the police, especially when the information you have might seem insignificant.

    No one is searching harder than the victim's loved ones, and if you have a tip, you might be inclined to want to tell them directly, fearing it might get lost in the flood of information that the police have to sift through. (Tip tents tend to be manned by people close to the victim, or investigation, at least the ones that I have seen during searches).

    They are also a place where you can go offer support to the victim's loved ones. Setting up a tip tent also draws attention to the search or crime, and might help get some much-needed media coverage.
     
  4. highflyer

    highflyer New Member

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    Thank you very much.
     
  5. zwiebel

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    Wish there could be a tip tent for Bob Harrod. :(
     
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    Bark New Member

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    No idea who that is (I'll Google in a sec), but going by Lexi's definition, wouldn't Websleuths be kind of like a digital Tip Tent?
    We get tips from locals all the time on here, perhaps someone will come with tips for Bob Harrod, too.
     

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