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How it Works

Crime Stoppers is a three-part approach to solving crimes. The program relies on the cooperation of the public, the police and the media.

Anonymous tips can be provided using three methods:

Phone

Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers tip line phone at 241-STOP (970-241-7867) . The phone does not have caller ID and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers coordinator receiving the information may ask questions to complete a tip information form. That information is then passed to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for follow up. Calls are accepted regarding publicized cases, such as the Crime Stoppers "Crime of the Week", or callers can provide information they know about any crime.

By guaranteeing a caller`s anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages citizen participation.

On-line WebTip

This website allows you to give tips on-line. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is an effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world. Our Web Tip process is powered by the world's leading online tip-solution provider, Anderson Software.  

The very unique two-way dialog capabilty allows tipsters to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time. It also provides a secure means for the Crime Stoppers coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the secure and encrypted interface.

To use the on-line Web Tip system, click on the "Submit a Web Tip" button on the left side of this screen.

TEXT Tips

Tipsters now have the option of texting us tips through their cell phone.  The process is completely secure and anonymous and is especially convenient in the cell phone age.

1 - Text your tip to CRIMES (724637)

2 - At the beginning of your text, you must put "241STOP" followed by your tip information.

3 - When your first message is received the text system will auto-reply and assign you a unique, anonymous TIP ID.

4 - To submit additional information, simply reply to the text. Nothing else is needed.


Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers of Mesa County

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is a not-for-profit organization. A local, volunteer board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement and is vital to the program's success.

Crime Stoppers is funded by private donations and fundraising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. Reward money paid out comes from fundraising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.

 

 

The volunteer board of directors meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and decide on the amount of rewards to be paid. Rewards are anonymously distributed to tipsters. Tipsters are eligible for rewards up to $1,000 but many choose not to collect the reward.

Does Crime Stoppers Work?

Yes. Since the start of Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murders, robberies, rapes, assaults, drugs and firearm offenses.

The success of the Crime Stoppers program cannot be judged just by the numbers. Crime Stoppers has also:

  • Raised community awareness of crime problems and prevention.
  • Created a willingness in the community to fight back against crime.
  • Improved relationships between police, media, and the public.

Crime Stoppers is here to stay. It is accepted by police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, has accepted it as a viable alternative to provide information.


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