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Date:    November 15, 2006
To:       Area News Media
From:   Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida 

Crime Stoppers Launches New Computer Tips Program 

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:

https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=231 

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.”