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.
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.
Tipsters can check the progress of their case and reward by logging onto www.tipsubmit.com by using the code number provided to them when the web tip was first submitted. It is the tipster's responsibility to keep track of code number.
The Text Tip
Dawson County Crime Stoppers strives to receive your tip anonymously and features the text tip. Simply start the message with "tip707", enter your tip message, and send it to "CRIMES" (274637). When the message is sent you will be sent back a message indicating that it was received and a code will be given. The tipster is responsible for remembering the code to collect a reward. The tipster can check the status of the case and reward by checking www.smscrimetips.com., or by sending another message via text tip and asking about the reward through our secure connection.
The coordinator can communicate with the text tipper as well. The communication allows for the text tipper to remain anonymous and the continued communication benefits all parties. The tipper has a higher probability for receiving a cash reward, and law enforcement gets important information. All methods for giving tips to the Dawson County Crime Stoppers is totally anonymous.
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.