All tipsters are anonymous, meaning we don’t know your identity. We don’t want your name and we don’t want your number. If we don’t have it, no one else will….EVER!
We run encryption on all our software so no one can ever track you, not even the police. We will gladly lose a case before we would give access to a tipster. Why? Because if you are not anonymous, our program doesn’t work.
HOW DO I GET PAID?
All tips are assigned an ID number. Tips that lead to an arrest are given a reward amount by the Omaha Crime Stoppers board of directors. The board of directors meet once a month. The tipster is required to call or e-mail back and is then given a code word and a bank location to pick up their CASH! That way you still remain unknown to us and anyone you leave us a tip on!
Omaha Crime Stoppers has developed four methods of reporting to anonymously give information to the officers who need it to make arrests and get you paid.
Use our MOBILE APP, TEXT, CLICK or CALL your tip now!
Calls are received on the Crime Stoppers tips line phone. This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, conversations are not recorded. The call taker receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating unit. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as “Crime of the Week” or any other crime(s) the caller knows of. Give DETAILED information including the RB # that we post on site so we can get your tip to the detectives in charge of that case fast!!
Our call center is located in Texas, is run 24/7 and always has a bi-lingual operator available. You may be put on hold, but there is never a machine, you will always talk to a live operator. We use encryption to strip the phone number before it ever comes to us. That way you can call on a land line or your own cell phone and there is no way to trace it.
Text Message Tips
Tipsters now have the option of texting us tips through their cell phone. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today’s world.
- Text “OPD” and your message to CRIMES (274637)
- Upon reception of a tipster’s first incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing their unique Tip ID.
- To submit follow-up information, the tipster simply replies. Nothing else is needed.
- All follow-up tips and even your replies from the application are written under the original parent record and shown threaded and date/time stamped in the narrative. The session may be terminated by the tipster texting STOP into the system at any time or by you manually selecting the “Terminate Thread” button from within the application.
The Online WebTip
Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today’s world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world’s leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software. All of the web tip is routed through CANADA and then back down to us. It is stripped of all IP information so there is no way to track you.
The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilties allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.
The mobile app for Android and iPhone allows the public to submit anonymous tips with your smart phone. The app offers more powerful options than SMS Text-a-tip, because it has the ability to use GPS to auto-locate the nearest agency or to select an agency manually.
Additionally, users can attach images and video to their tips. It adds additional security by securing all information with a user ID and password. There is no cost to anyone for use of this application and it is free to download at the Android Market or iTunes App Store.
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Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers
Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a not for profit organization (Charity). A civilian community board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the programs success.
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. 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.
A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $1,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $1,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.
Does Crime Stoppers Work?
The answer is quite simply yes. Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offenses.
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.
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.