Report a crime, make a dime
Since its inception in June 2019, Stephens County Crime Stoppers has paid out $7,075 to anonymous people who have submitted tips about crimes in the area. According to a post on the organization’s Facebook page last Friday, some people chose not to be paid.
Callers who submit tips to the organization are kept completely anonymous, allowing crimes to be reported without the burden of making a police report or testifying 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,” the website states. “... Tips to Crime Stoppers do not necessarily give police evidence they require to arrest an individual, but puts them on the right track to solve crime.”
According to the organization’s website, rewards for tips range from $25 to $1,000. Every reward is approved by the board of directors, which consists of community members who oversee the program and work to raise funds.
Anonymous tips can be made online at 877500tips.com, by calling 1-877-500-8477, or by using the P3 Tips app.
Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which receives no tax dollars to operate. The organization relies on financial support from individuals and businesses within the community.
Local business makes donation
On Friday, Build A Safer Hometown, or BASH, made a sizable donation to the organization in the amount of $14,000. BASH was formed by Copperleaf Properties as a means to promote and raise funds for Crime Stoppers.
The donated funds were raised during an event held at the end of July, which included a silent auction, golf tournament and live music. To donate, visit the organization’s website at 877500tips.com.