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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

How does the Crime Stoppers program work?

Crime Stoppers provides you with a safe, anonymous avenue to report information about criminal activities occurring in your community. If the information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a reward.

If that information helps lead to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward. Up to $2,500 is awarded for an unsolved homicide or missing person case and up to $1,000 is awarded for all other felony crimes including the whereabouts of a fugitive.

How do I report a tip?

Any time you have information on a crime or know the whereabouts of a felony fugitive, you can submit the information by calling 1-800-422-JAIL (5245) or submitting a web tip at www.crimestoppersofflint.com.  You remain anonymous either way!!

Do I have to provide my name?

NO! No one will ever ask you for your name or for any identifying information...you remain completely anonymous throughout the entire process. When you submit a tip, you are given a code number. You will use this number to check to see if you are eligible for a reward and to collect the reward.

How much are the rewards?

Reward amounts range from $50.00 to $2,500.00. The amount varies from case to case depending on the severity of the crime. Each case is reviewed by the Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County Board to determine the exact reward amount to be paid out.

How are the rewards paid out?

When you submit a tip, you are given a code number. You need to call us back to see if your tip was successful in leading to an arrest. If it was successful, you will be given instructions on how to collect the cash reward anonymously.

What is the tip reward process?

If a tip that was submitted through the Crime Stoppers program (1-800-422-JAIL,  www.crimestoppersofflint.com, or P3tips.com) resulted in helping law enforcement make an arrest, it is reviewed by the Board of Directors’ Reward Court Committee. This committee meets once a month. The reward amount is determined by the crime(s) that were solved because of the tip information. We follow guidelines recommended by Crime Stoppers USA.

The tipster must contact us with the tip number. You will be instructed when and how to pick up your reward. When you go to the designated location, you do not show ID or give your name! You simply state you are there to pick up your Crime Stoppers reward and you give them your TIP ID # and dollar amount you were awarded. You will then be handed your CASH reward. If you do not pick up the reward money on the days you were instructed to do so, you will have to call Crime Stoppers back and arrange for pick up the next month.

Please keep your tip number in a safe place, do not lose and do not share with anyone. NOTE: If you share your numbers with anyone, you risk losing your reward.

The following individuals are not eligible for rewards:

1. A commissioned law enforcement officer or other employees of law enforcement agencies and members of their immediate family.

2. Perpetrator or co-perpetrator of the crime if known.

3. Victim of the crime and members of their immediate family.

4. The fugitive.

5. Security personnel, Bail Bonds Agents and their associates.

Crime Stoppers accepts tips and information about crimes in order to solve or prevent such crimes. Users who communicate their own criminal threats by making them through Crime Stoppers are not considered to be Crime Stoppers tipsters, and are not eligible for rewards.

How is the program funded?

The Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County program and reward fund is made possible through considerate and thoughtful donations from the community, including corporate partners, small businesses and citizens. For a list of sponsors, please go to our website at www.crimestoppersofflint.com

NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.  Our Board of Directors is made up of persons throughout the community that volunteer their time to ensure the success of the program.

The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics; however, 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.

Stop, solve and prevent crime in their neighborhood and schools.

Callers are eligible for rewards up to $2,500, but despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.

What Can I Do to Help?

If you or a civic organization wants to know more about Crime Stoppers, the Director will be happy to explain the program with a presentation before your group. More importantly, we need your support, your involvement and your contributions. No community program works unless citizens become involved. No program as critical as Crime Stoppers - to bring justice and cut down on crime - will succeed without the contributions of citizens such as you.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact us at info@crimestoppersofflint.com.

If you would like to donate, please visit our website at http://www.crimestoppersofflint.com/donations.html

Thank you!

Why has the Crime Stoppers program been so successful?

The program has been successful because it provides cash rewards to overcome apathy and provides anonymity to overcome fear of retribution. The program involves the efforts of the public, the media, and law enforcement in a coordinated effort to fight crime. The public operates the program in the form of a Board of Directors. The media publicizes the Crime Stoppers program and allows it to maintain a high profile in the community. Law enforcement utilizes the information received to solve crimes. People want to live in safe communities and willingly use a program that helps fight crime.

1-800-422-JAIL is a tip line and should not be used for emergencies.