of Northeast Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 15224
Daytona Beach, FL 32115
Tel. 386-212-6543 Fax 258-8804
November 15, 2006
To: Area News Media
From: Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida
Crime Stoppers Launches New Computer
Reporting information to help catch crooks just got
easier for the public, courtesy of a secure, on-line tips program recently
launched by Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida. Thanks to the new program,
residents can now send in information about unsolved crimes through the
anonymity of a computer screen and still qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.
“Getting the public involved in keeping our community safe is what Crime
Stoppers is all about,” said John Doctor, president of the all-volunteer,
non-profit Board of Directors that oversees the crime-fighting organization.
“A cash reward can be a powerful motivator, and the new on-line program is
just one more way for residents to get involved and still remain anonymous.”
Launched locally in Volusia County in 1996, Crime
Stoppers provides up to $1,000 in reward money to anonymous tipsters who furnish
information that helps law enforcement solve cases and make arrests. The program
has expanded to cover Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties as well and has
been responsible for more than 550 arrests. For those who prefer to use the
toll-free telephone hotline, information can still be phoned in anonymously by
calling (888) 277-TIPS. Tipsters are issued a special identifier code and given
instructions on how to collect their reward if their information leads to an
arrest or recovery of stolen property.
And with the new program, computer users can now report information anonymously through a secure, on-line web tip submission form that can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Residents who use the on-line
tip submission form are instructed to fill out as much information as possible
such as the suspect’s name, address, vehicle information, place of employment
or typical hang-outs to help law enforcement follow up on the information.
Computer users can even attach a photograph of criminal activity or a suspect
that will be forwarded by Crime Stoppers to the appropriate law enforcement
agency for investigation.
And just like when calling the
tips line, computer users will be given a code number and instructions on how to
anonymously check on the status of the tip or provide additional information.
“Partnering with law enforcement is the best way to solve and prevent
crime,” said Doctor, Vice President of Operations and General Manager for
Bright House Networks. “That’s why I believe so strongly in Crime Stoppers.
By working with law enforcement, we can improve the quality of life and help
protect our citizens.”