Crime Stoppers is active in three categories, community, media and law enforcement. Crime Stoppers works to bring these three groups together to help solve crimes within the community.

The Phone Call

Crime Stoppers tips are received through a secure line, this phone is a stand-alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. Each call is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity. The caller uses this code number to follow up on the tip.  

The Crime Stoppers Police or Civilian Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Crime of the Week" or such other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.

By guaranteeing a caller's anonymity Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.

The Online WebTip

Tips can be submitted through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. This process is completely anonymous and is an effective and efficient mean to safely communicate with us. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.  

The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.


Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a not for profit organization. A civilian community board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the programs success.

The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.

A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $1,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $1,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.

 

How Do You Get Paid?

It is YOUR responsibility to contact us to check the status of your code number. (WE DO NOT KNOW YOUR NAME OR PHONE NUMBER). If you are eligible for a reward, we will let you know when and where to pick up your money. Again, we use a code number to pay you in CASH $$. Rewards are distributed in a private manner to the callers. We use one bank in San Angelo and we both follow guidelines to ensure your anonymity.

Rewards are only paid out when your tip information helps to solve a crime leading to an arrest. 

Does Crime Stoppers Work?

Yes! Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offenses.

The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics, however, other benefits have come to notice:

  • A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.
  • A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.
  • Improved relationships between police, media, and the community.

 

Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.