Does Crime Stoppers Work?
The answer is yes. Anonymous Crime Stoppers tipsters are credited with providing information which in recent months has solved several Peninsula crimes. In one of the largest property related cases, an anonymous caller provided information which helped clear a series of theft and burglary cases on the Kenai Peninsula. Property with a combined value of approximately $100,000 has been recovered. Arrests have been made and multiple felony charges have been filed.
A different Crime Stoppers tipster informed a Peninsula business about ongoing theft that was resulting in large financial losses. This case is still under investigation but the losses have been curtailed.
In other local cases, a Crime Stoppers tipster received a reward for providing information that led to the arrest of an armed robber, and a cold police case involving damage to a residential dwelling was resolved, and a perpetrator charged, thanks to another rewarded Crime Stoppers caller.
Since its inception, Peninsula Crime Stoppers, Inc. has paid out more than $18,000 in rewards to individuals who helped solve crimes on the Kenai Peninsula. If you have information which can help police solve a crime, you can contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 907-283-TIPS (8477) or provide tips online at www.peninsulacrimestoppers.com. You will not be asked to give your name, and you will not be required to appear in court. If your information is useful, you may receive a $1000 reward. If a tip is approved for a payout, the individual has 90 days to claim their reward.
The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be judged on statistics alone. There are 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