Crime Stoppers of Augusta, Inc.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime. If you have any information regarding any criminal activity, call (316) 775-0055! Remember, we do not subscribe to caller I.D.. and no one will ever ask your name. You could be eligible for up to a $1000.00 reward if your information leads to an arrest.
What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September of 1976. In July of 1976, a young university student named Michael Carmen was working in a small gas station in Albuquerque. Two weeks before his wedding he was working the late shift to help a friend. Two men robbed the station and senselessly shot and killed the young man. This was part of a series of armed robberies against gas stations.
A local detective felt that the robberies were being committed by local people, and he believed that someone within the community knew who was responsible. However, no one was willing to talk. After six weeks with no leads, the detective established a "Hot Line" that anyone could call and pass on information anonymously. He persuaded local businesses to fund the reward and the local television station agreed to broadcast a re-enactment, publicize details, and release information regarding the phone number. The idea of allowing the informant to remain anonymous was entirely new.
Within 72 hours information was provided and two people were arrested, and later convicted, of Carmen's murder. In addition, the detective received information on many other crimes, and cleared six other armed robberies. This persuaded him to try the scheme on a regular basis, stressing anonymity and rewards, which now is the basis of the Crime Stoppers program.
Since the inception, Crime Stoppers now spans throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. There are over 1200 chapters now. The programs, to date, have helped solve many crimes, from murder to drug trafficking to sexual assaults to name a few. In addition, the program has prevented school shooting and criminal acts by terrorist organizations.
Since 1976, Crime Stoppers programs have been responsible for the arrest of around 600,000 individuals and has led to the seizure of close to $7 billion in stolen property and illicit drugs.
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that "Someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime" and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
» Fear of REPRISAL
» An attitude of APATHY
» Reluctance to get INVOLVED
Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:
» Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
» Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.
Three Essential Elements Make Up a Crime Stopper Program
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with the police and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fund raising, and all volunteer service. Tax money is not sought.
Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes and phone numbers are publicized on a regular basis by the media. An unsolved "Crime of the Week" is given special treatment with details published in newspapers, on radio and in certain cases a re-enactment on television.
A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special Code number and NEVER give their names. If, after the investigation, the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward.