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How it Works

Put simply it is a "three-part" approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.

Text Message a Tip

Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips using the Text Messaging feature on their cell phone.  The process is completely secure, anonymous and is as easy as:

  1. A Tipster sends his or her first message, which is encrypted and includes a keyword.  They text "TIP190" plus their message to CRIMES(274637).  *NL Crime Stoppers Agency ID is 190* 
  2. Crime Stoppers then responds with a confirmation message and a unique code number.
  3. The tipster may then respond back to Crime Stoppers' msg simply by replying.  No keyword (TIP) or area id (190) or any other identifier is needed for any subsequent replies. 

To find out more about Text Messaging tips click HERE. 

To view the CBC News coverage of Text Messaging to Crime Stoppers click HERE.  Then hit Text Tips to view.

The Phone Call

Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers tips line phone. This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers staff member receiving the information (Pictured Above) completes the tip information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating agency. Calls are accepted on any crime 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

Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.  

The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilties allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for Crime Stoppers Staff 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 (Charity). 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.

Callers are eligible for rewards up to $2,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.

Does Crime Stoppers Work?

The answer is quite simply YES. Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of millions of dollars in property and illegal drugs. Calls have included information about armed robbery, assaults, drugs, wildlife and fishing violations 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.


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