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Oct 18

Anonymously Provide a Tip on Criminal Activity in Your Neighborhood

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 8:47 AM by Communications Department

Anonymously Provide a Tip on Criminal Activity in Your Neighborhood

The Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers, Inc. (formerly Peninsula Crime Line) is a small-volunteer, not-for-profit citizen based organization dedicated to providing citizens with an anonymous, non-threatening method to report information concerning criminal activity. Peninsula Crime Stoppers is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.

Report a Tip
  • By Phone: There are several ways to report a tip. Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers tips line 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. This phone is a standalone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers Coordinator(s) receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Crime of the Week,” “Weekly Wanted Persons Poster” or such other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.
  • Online: On the Peninsula, tipsters may provide an anonymous tip online by visiting the Crime Stoppers website. This very unique integrated two-way capability allows 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.
  • By Text: Tipsters may also Text-a-Tip by texting “TIP100 plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).

A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate tips to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $1,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. By guaranteeing a caller`s anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. 
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fundraising from concerned citizens and businesses. Crime Stoppers is NOT a police program and is governed by a volunteer board of administers. No tax dollars are involved. 

Since 1982, Crime Line & Crime Solvers in Hampton Roads have closed the book on nearly 20,000 cases and assisted in the recovery of almost $30 million in stolen property and illegal drugs, with an approximate 97% conviction rate.

: All tips to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous through a careful policy of numeric identification and payment. Confidentiality has played a key role in the success of Crime Stoppers and no caller is ever asked to testify in court.
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