What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 1976 when concerned citizens joined with local media and law enforcement in an
effort to help curb crime. Individuals calling with information leading to the arrest of a person or persons involved in felony offenses were
paid a cash reward. To preserve program integrity, informants were never required to give their names.
The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed tremendous success, boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by Crime Stoppers’ tips. Today, there
are more than 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Collectively, these programs have solved more than half a million crimes, and recovered about $7 billion in stolen property and narcotics worldwide.
In this same tradition, Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County utilizes information from anonymous tipsters to arrest felony offenders. Since its inception in
1982 in Tarrant County, Crime Stoppers has paid more than $1.6 million in rewards and recovered nearly $30 million in property and narcotics. Additionally,
over 7,200 offenders have been arrested, with more than 12,200 cases cleared.
Who benefits from Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers benefits everyone – adults, children, small business owners…the list is as long as it is diverse.
Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County takes tips for all municipalities and school districts in Tarrant County; helping to ensure the safety of more than 1.9
million citizens. Crime Stoppers relies primarily on grants and probation fees to operate.
Municipalities served by Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County:
North Richland Hills
School districts served by Campus Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County:
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Fort Worth ISD
Lake Worth ISD
White Settlement ISD
Why do we need Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers helps to reduce crime – and the fear of crime – in homes, schools, businesses, and communities countywide. Essential to continued public
safety, Crime Stoppers is the only program of its kind.
Based on the theory that someone other than the offender has information regarding crime, Crime Stoppers was created to combat three major problems faced by law enforcement: fear of reprisal, an attitude of apathy, and a reluctance to get involved. Crime Stoppers addresses these obstacles by offering anonymity to people who provide information about a crime and paying rewards when the information supplied leads to an arrest.
How does Crime Stoppers work?
The Crime Stoppers hotline, 817-469-TIPS (8477), and website are operated by the Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County Call Center. The call center is
staffed by off-duty public safety dispatchers and other trained personnel, who take calls and online submissions and then disseminate the tip information
to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation. Each caller will receive a tip number to be used in all future correspondence. Every tipster
remains ANONYMOUS; callers do not have to identify themselves. A reward of up to $1,000 will be offered to anyone who provides a tip that leads to an arrest
for a crime or a criminal case cleared.
Who governs Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County is governed by the Crime Stoppers Standing Committee, acting under the authority of the Safe City Commission Board of Directors. Members of the Standing Committee are: