Put simply it is a three part approach to solving crime problems in our community. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between local law enforcement, 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 Dunn County Crime Stoppers tips line phone. This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID. The Dunn County Comunications Center receives the information ascertaining wether the caller wishes to remain anonymous and completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. 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.
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 capabilities 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.
Select the Submit a Web Tip sidebar to get instructions on how you can submit a tip!
Our smartphone tip application powered byP3 web based can be downloaded to provide the ability to submit a tip anywhere with you smart phone!
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:
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.