What is CRIMESTOPPERS?
CRIMESTOPPERS is a citizen, media and police cooperative program designed to involve the public in the fight against crime. CRIMESTOPPERS provides citizens with a vehicle to anonymously supply police with information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge. Cash rewards are offered to people who contact the program if their information leads to an arrest or recovery of property or drug seizure.
A volunteer board of directors actively administers and is responsible for the program. CRIMESTOPPERS is a nonprofit organization and is responsible for raising funds and the disbursement of rewards. The board of directors works in close cooperation with police agencies in the two county areas.
Members of the public may now contact CRIMESTOPPERS by telephone, over the internet, or by text message. Those wishing to submit tips by telephone may do so by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at (217)243-7300. Those wishing to submit tips via the internet can log on tohttps://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=736. This site will take you to a form that you can fill out and submit a tip directly to CRIMESTOPPERs of Morgan and Scott Counties. Once your tip is submitted, you will be given instructions on how to check back on the status of your tip, and how to communicate with CRIMESTOPPERS to add additional information, and to collect any rewards that are payable. Anyone wishing to submit tips via text message may do so by texting to “CRIMES” (274637). THE FIRST WORD OF THE TEXT OF YOUR TIP MUST BE “PAYOUT”. After typing “payout”, text your tip as you normally would. After you submit your initial tip, the software used will recognize your phone number and automatically route your text via a secure, encrypted router, to the Morgan/Scott CRIMESTOPPERS program. When you are done with the tip, or no longer wish to communicate with CRIMESTOPPERS, text “stop” to “CRIMES” (274637) and your number will be cleared from the system. Whether you submit your tip via telephone, internet, or text message, your identity will be kept confidential. CRIMESTOPPERS does not use caller ID or any type of program to determine the identity of callers. Also, the software CRIMESTOPPERS uses for internet and text tips is designed using secure routers and encryption to insure that tipsters identifications remain unknown. You will only be known to CRIMESTOPPERS by a code!
More recently, Crimestoppers has offered a series of Crime Prevention programs on a Varity of safety topics through the national ‘Refuse to be a Victim’ Association