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.
Crime Stoppers of Racine County has cleared over 2,330 cases in Racine County, leading to over 2,230 arrests, since our inception in 1989. Crime Stoppers of Racine County has also been responsible in recovering stolen property in the amount of over $225,000 and drug seizures of over $ 317,000! Since Crime Stoppers provides rewards for anonymous tips, we have paid out $145,000 in rewards to tipsters. Remember, Crime Stoppers is and independent, charitable organization governed by community citizens and no tax dollars are used in operating the Crime Stoppers program!
However, the success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics, however, other benefits have come to notice:
A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.
A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.
Improved relationships between police, media, and the community.
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.