Crime Stoppers of Southern Alameda County is a regional
non-profit organization comprised of community members and
business leaders which creates a bridge between citizens,
local media and law enforcement to fight crime.
Crime Stoppers purpose is to provide a means for individuals
to anonymously report the whereabouts of wanted persons that
are featured in newspaper articles on a weekly basis.
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that "Someone
other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime"
and was created to combat the three major problems faced by
law enforcement in generating that information:
» Fear of REPRISAL
» An attitude of APATHY
» Reluctance to get INVOLVED
Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:
» Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information
» Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads
Three Essential Elements Make Up a Crime Stopper Program
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit
corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount
and method of reward payments, work closely with the police
and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors
are also responsible for fund raising, and all volunteer service.
Tax money is not sought.
Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes and phone numbers
are publicized on a regular basis by the media. An unsolved
"Crime of the Week" is given special treatment with
details published in newspapers, on radio and in certain cases
a re-enactment on television.
A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well publicized number
is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special
Code number and NEVER give their names. If, after the investigation,
the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled
to a reward.