What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September 1976, and is a partnership of the community, the media, and law enforcement designed to combat crime and keep our streets safe.
Today there are some 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in communities around the world that take tips to assist investigators to solve crimes including homicides, sexual assaults, drug trafficking operations, and robberies, just to name a few. Programs have also received information that has prevented school shooting and criminal acts by terrorist organizations.
Crime Stoppers programs are operated as not-for-profit charities, and are managed by a volunteer board of directors who take responsibility fundraising and paying rewards to individuals who anonymous call with information that helps solve crime.
Rewards are paid for tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of people charged with felony offences.
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
Because Crime Stoppers works. It is an extremely effective crime fighting concept that solves crime and keeps our streets safe.
Statistics show an average conviction rate of 95 percent and tips to Crime Stoppers save law enforcement agencies thousands of dollars in investigation time. Calls to Crime Stoppers assist in putting police on the right track by identifying individuals who are responsible for committing crimes.
On an accumulative basis since 1976 tips to Crime Stoppers have been responsible for the arrests of around 600,000 individuals, and led to the seizure of close to $7 billlion in stolen property and illicit drugs.
How does Crime Stoppers work?
There is always someone who has information that can help solve crime. Those are the people who can call Crime Stoppers anonymously and provide a tip that will help investigators identify those responsible.
In any investigation police and other law enforcement agencies encounter individuals who will not directly provide information. The three key reasons are:
• Fear of reprisal
• An attitude of apathy
• Reluctance to get involved.
Crime Stoppers breaks through these barriers by giving people the opportunity to provide information without directly speaking to police or having to testify in court. Obviously investigators need witnesses to help prove their case in court, but most importantly they need information that allows them to zero in on a suspect or a criminal operation such as a drug trafficking network.
Tips to Crime Stoppers does not give police evidence they require to arrest an individual but puts them on the right track to solve crime.
Cash rewards from Crime Stoppers also motivate some people to call anonymously with information that will be vital to investigators.
(SOURCE: Crime Stoppers International)