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Crime Stoppers

What is Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers is a community-based initiative which encourages members of the community to provide information on unsolved crimes and wanted persons, as well as information on persons they know that have committed criminal offenses and have not been arrested. Persons providing information may qualify for a cash reward up to $1000 if their information leads to an arrest. Informants who provide information can remain anonymous, if they wish.

History of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is a community based policing service which allows the community to give information on the telephone. A number of the Crime Stoppers Units within the United States are active members of Crime Stoppers International, a movement which began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976.

A local police officer was continually frustrated about the increasing crime rate in his area. He complained to his wife constantly, to the point where she told him to do something about it. So he did. He started Crime Stoppers in America in Albuquerque and it is now an international operation.

The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by Crime Stoppers' tips. The Crime Stoppers programs worldwide have solved over a half a million crimes and recovered over 3 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics.

Today, there are over 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Bahamas, British West Indies, Micronesia and other nations.

Last year Alltel established a crime stoppers program for the Iredell / Statesville and Mooresville Graded Schools. This joint program is what we call the Campus Crime Stoppers. This enables school aged students in the Middle and High Schools to call in information about drugs and violence in their schools, and keep their identity confidential. The number is the same as listed below.

Your local crime stoppers number is: Iredell / Statesville Crime Stoppers
(704) 662-1340.  

 

How It Works

As a non-profit organization, Greater Statesville Crime Stoppers involves the community, the media and law enforcement in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers works with the law enforcement agencies in the Statesville area, but we are not part of the police departments or the Sheriff’s Office and our Board Members are not law enforcement officers.

Most of the information received by Crime Stoppers is by telephone and all calls to Crime Stoppers are kept in complete confidence. When Crime Stoppers receive a call, it is logged in with the date and time along with a brief summary of the caller's information. Callers are given a confidential code number that is used to identify the caller in subsequent transactions.  (Caller ID is not used on any of our lines)

Citizens who supply information leading to an arrest and indictment are eligible for a reward of up to $1000.00. At the time of the follow-up phone call, the caller is given instructions on when to call back to check on the case. When the caller does call back, if the information they provided resulted in an arrest and indictment, the caller will be given information on how to collect the reward and still remain anonymous.

 

How Rewards are Paid

Area citizens have volunteered their time and formed a board of directors to oversee the Crime Stoppers program. This board approves the rewards to be paid, based on information about the case presented by the law enforcement Coordinator.

Once the board approves a reward and the caller has called back to check on the case, the law enforcement Coordinator will give the caller instructions on how to pick up the reward.

 

Providing Information to Help Solve the Crime

If you know about any felony or misdemeanor crime, we want you to be able to collect your reward. You must give as many details as possible about the crime when you leave your message.

We need this information to help the law enforcement officers make the arrest and indictment.

Some Ideas of What Information is Needed:

  • What kind of crime do you have information about?
  • How do you know about this crime? Did you see it happen? Did the person who committed the crime tell you about it?
  • Do you know the name of the person who committed the crime?
  • What does the person look like? Color of hair and eyes, height and weight, age?
  • Where is this person living or where does he or she hang out?
  • When did you last see this person?
  • Maybe you know who his or her friends are?
  • Does this person have a car or did you see a car when this crime was committed?
  • Can you describe the car? License plate, color, model, damage to car?

 

 

 

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