By Kristine Favreau
The Cove Herald
In order to make reporting an anonymous tip to the Copperas Cove Police Department a little easier and more updated, Crime Stoppers has recently launched an another alternative for those with information. Tipsubmit.com is an interactive site that allows users to not only submit tips straight to the police department, but to track the tip through the system.
“When we get a tip via the internet it comes directly to us in written form, in a clear and concise manner,” said CCPD Lt. Danny Austin. “With this software we can offer another way for people who have information to pass that along to us in a way that they can feel secure about their anonymity.”
Crime Stoppers, a national organization which works in conjunction with local media and police, is an anonymous alternative to reporting crime through the local police department. Crime tips that result in, or lead to arrests receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.
“What we are looking for are individuals who know what is going on. They know who committed a crime, they have the details and circumstances that prove to be valuable to us,” Austin said. “They are able to give us details that are not publicly known and that’s what we’re looking for.”
Austin added that a great number of received tips simply state who the assumed perpetrator is, but that the tip does not include enough information, such as when, where or how, to substantiate an investigation. “We are always looking for people to give us the right information help us put the puzzle together.”
According to Crime Stoppers Board Member Betty Price, the option of being able to submit tips via the internet is yet another way for people who are concerned with confidentiality to feel more secure about passing along information. Also, with most homes equipped with a computer Price added that the ease of use and simplicity of the Web site will hopefully encourage more people to take advantage of it.
“The biggest thing is getting the public aware that this option is available,” she said. “We really want people to know this is out there, and it works. We also want people to rest assured that any information submitted to Crime Stoppers, whether it be from a phone call or a tip submitted online, is absolutely confidential and can not be tracked.”
“Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous,” said Price. “The calls are never traced, no caller ID is used, we don’t ever know who makes the call.”
Price added that for people who fear reporting crimes, the anonymity provided by Crime Stoppers is an excellent choice.
“The information that comes in with a tip is not privy to anyone, everything is handled with the utmost confidentiality,” she said.
For tips that qualify for a cash reward, a code is given to the tipster, which they can then use at the bank to claim their reward.
Not everyone that calls claims the reward Price said. Some are just interested in being a good citizen. “A lot of tips are from reliable people that call often,” price said. “Most of those lead to arrests, or they may lead to other information for the police.”
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, N.M., in September 1976. Members of the local community, in partnership with the media and law enforcement, began an effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement.
A cash reward was offered to anonymous persons who telephone the Crime Stoppers hot line with information which led to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for felony offenses.
The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success boasting an average conviction rate of 95 percent 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.
Contact Kristine Favreau at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (254) 547-3535