How Relevant is Crimestoppers?

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

You’ve heard News 4 ask for your help countless times in aiding area authorities to solve crimes. But does Crime Stoppers even work?

"Crime Stoppers is so valuable. It's solved murder cases, child molestations, rape and sodemy cases. So how can you say that it's not important? We can't win cases without making arrests and getting information. So that tells the community that the program has worked," says Houston/Henry County District Attorney Doug Valeska.

After the city of Birmingham first implemented Crime Stoppers, Houston and Henry Counties followed its lead. Now, 25 years later, authorities say residents’ money isn't going to waste.

"We can't be everywhere at any given time. So, the public, they are our eyes and ears and giving us that information will help solve those crimes," says Dothan Police Department Lieutenant David Jay.

From 2002-2006 274 arrests have been made because of the crime-solving tool; $34,100 has been rewarded to anonymous callers who provide valid information and $808, 628 in drugs and property has been seized.

And, police say they even do a thorough check on the tips they get so money isn't just given to anyone. "We take the lead when it comes in. We assign it to the investigator. If there's a case that's been assigned to that lead, that investigator takes it and tracks down whatever information has been provided," continues Lt. Jay.

People who call in on the Crime Stoppers hotline remain anonymous and are not required to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers thrives off of donations. To find out how you can help call them at 793-7000.

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