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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.

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 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.

SmartPhone App

We are pleased to announce the release of our new TipSubmit Mobile application for SmartPhones. The new app is free and can be downloaded by visiting the iPhone App Store and searching for TipSoft or TipSubmit.

The new mobile app offers great new features and benefits not available with any existing tip submission processes, including the ability to submit images and video, unlimited messaging length, fully anonymous two-way dialogue and even virtual chat mode when both parties are online. While there's still a place for SMS text tips, our new TipSubmit Mobile application takes things to the next level of effectiveness and efficiency.

 

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 the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.

 

Text messaging

The tipster should begin their message by first typing in pueblo. Then begin your text. When finished - simply send your text to crimes (274637). By starting your message with pueblo it informs the server which Crime Stoppers program should recieive the tip. Once the secure server receives your tip it will responds back to you with a unique code number.

 

Once we receive your text message we can begin a two-way dialogue if needed. No key word, agency id or any other identifier is ever needed for any subsequent replies to Pueblo Crime Stoppers. Newly initiated messages by you that are not straight replies to you, may simply be sent to CRIMES, with no keyword being needed.

 

If at any time you wish to end the conversation and/or to block replies from Pueblo Crime Stoppers you simply send another message to CRIMES and say STOP.  

 


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.

A Pueblo community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis.

Rewards are  distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $1,000 on information leading to FELONY arrests,  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 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.


Note:  Crime Stoppers accepts tips and information about crimes in order to solve or prevent such crimes.  Users who communicate their own criminal threats by making them through Crime Stoppers are not considered to be Crime Stoppers tipsters; are not eligible for rewards; are not immune from prosecution; and are accepted from the promise of anonymity.


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