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You can call Crime Stoppers about any type of crime. For instance, maybe you saw someone committing a crime, or you overheard some bragging about a crime they committed, or you know someone who is hiding from the police because they have a warrant on them or they are a deadbeat parent, these are just of the few reasons to call Crime Stoppers. The information you have may be the clue the police need to solve a crime or locate a fugitive.

So, the first step is to make the call to Crime Stoppers of Greenville County at 23-CRIME (232-7463). The call is not recorded or traced, does not use caller-id and you do not have to give your name. You can call 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Or you can use the anonymous email tips on this web site.

The operator taking your call will need as much information as possible about the crime, or person you are calling about. Be prepared to provide as much information as you can about the suspect’s name and description, where the crime happened, where the suspect is, and so forth.

The Crime Stoppers operator will give you a unique code number to identify your tip, write this number down, this number is the only way to get paid if your tip is successful. If using the anonymous web tips on this web site, you will receive a unique tip number when you submit your tip; again keep this number, this is how you get paid.

How do you get paid? Check back with the Crime Stoppers tip-line after a few weeks to see if your tip was successful; just give the Crime Stoppers operator your code number and ask if the number has been approved for a reward. If it has been approved, the operator will give you instructions on how to collect any rewards that have been approved.

 Important things to remember about collecting a reward:

Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $2,000

Crime Stoppers pays for information that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, or the seizure of illegal drugs. Crime Stoppers does not wait for a case to go to court before considering a reward.

You do not have to give your name and you will not have to talk to a police officer in order to be eligible for a reward

To be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers, tips must come through the Crime Stoppers tip line or the Crime Stoppers anonymous email

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.


Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers of Greenville is 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. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.

A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $2,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. 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 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 law enforcement 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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