The Crime Stoppers mission is to empower people to make their neighborhoods, schools and businesses safer through anonymous reporting of crime.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan, a 50lC3 nonprofit organization, is an affiliate of Crime Stoppers International, the largest crime fighting organization in the world.
Why call Crime Stoppers?
Are you worried about what might happen to you if you talk to the police? Maybe you've seen or heard something about a crime but don't know what to do. Are you scared to come forward and be a witness?
If you feel like this, it's easy to think there is nothing you can do. Would you say something if no-one knew it was you?
We record no personal details about you. We simply pass on the information you have about crime while protecting your identity.
Your information makes a difference. It can help solve existing investigations or bring light to unknown criminal activity.
REMEMBER: Crimestoppers is NOT an emergency service and if you see a crime taking place you should call 911 to report it immediately!
What we mean by Anonymous
Anonymous means that your name is not known or made public.
*You will never be asked for your name.
*Your call will not be recorded.
*Your call or online form will not be traced.
*You will not have to make a statement to the police.
*You will not appear in court.
A report will be created from the information you give to us. Our call center will check that this report contains no information that might identify you, e.g. if the call is about your neighbor we will not mention this. We don't even make a note of your gender.
If the identity of one of our callers was made known it would destroy the trust in Crimestoppers and no one would contact us. This is another reason why it is so important to us that we can guarantee your anonymity.
Unsolved Crime Communication
By raising awareness of unsolved crimes and highlighting wanted fugitives, these programs empower people to make their communities safer:
"1-800-SPEAK UP: Unsolved." A weekly, 30-minute cable television show that highlights approximately 80 of metro Detroit's most devastating unsolved crimes. It is broadcasted on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Detroit and Southfield's Cable Channel 68.
"Most Wanted" on Fox 2 News. A weekly listing of the area's most dangerous criminals.
Bi-monthly press conferences. Press conferences are held twice each month to encourage the media to broadcast appeals from family members and to help solve a crime.
Door hangers, posters and billboards. Each of these tools communicate information about crimes and rewards offered.
Law Enforcement Education
We meet with law enforcement units that handle homicide, theft, narcotics and other crimes to demonstrate how to use Crime Stoppers' criminal investigation tools to solve crimes with the help of citizens.
We provide training to organizations, church groups, social service agencies, block clubs, and others to demonstrate how everyone can play a role in keeping their communities safe.
Campus Crime Stoppers
Students are taught to do the right thing to make their schools safe by contacting the anonymous tip line. Cash rewards up to $100 are paid for tips that solve crimes like arson, burglary, vandalism, gang activity, drug dealing, theft, carrying weapons and violence.
Prisons, Probation, Parole and County Jails
We believe that prisons are a fertile ground for crime solving tips: if anyone knows about crimes committed on the street, it's those who are on the inside.
The anonymous tip line is being introduced into State correctional facilities and parole offices to facilitate a safe way for inmates to call in tips. Also, the 30-minute TV program "1-800 SPEAK UP: Unsolved" runs daily, which highlights new and old crimes.
Working Group for a Safer Detroit
Business and religious leaders work together to review operational systems within the criminal justice system, and the system gaps that undermine the region's ability to be one of the safest in the U.S.
The leadership group then prioritizes needs and advocates for system changes that will strengthen operations between the police, prosecutors, courts, jails, prisons, and the community.
Crimes Against the Elderly (Future)
Senior citizens continue to be widely targeted for various crimes and are the least able to protect themselves. We want to help seniors live their lives with the greatest degree of safety and security. After all, they looked out for us and now it's our turn to look out for them. Our program plans include:
Mobilizing citizens to help protect the elderly among us.
Communicate safety tips and safe living strategies that will help to keep senior citizens out of harm's way.
There are three ways to contact the Crime Stoppers tip line:
*Call: 1-800-SPEAK UP
*Text: CSM and your tip to 274637 or CRIMES
Calls, online and text tips go to operators that do not have caller ID
You will be given a tip number to use when following up
You can follow up via 313-922-5000 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., go online or text on the third Thursday or Friday of every month.
If an arrest has been made you will be advised on how to collect the cash reward anonymously. If there's not an arrest, continue to follow up on designated days and times.
Information can be reported on any serious crime 24/7
We pay cash rewards up to $1,000 for tips that lead to arrests for homicide, non-fatal shooting, rape, robbery, breaking and entering, auto theft, and assault.
Crime Stoppers needs to be the first point of contact
Tips are turned over several times daily to various police departments in Michigan including the Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies depending on jurisdiction.
Remember, all calls, texts and online tips are completely anonymous!
Crime Stoppers is a Non-Profit Organization and can only be as effective as our resources. We welcome your donations. To donate please send a check to Crime Stoppers of Michigan and mail to: 10900 Harper Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213, or by credit card please call (313) 922-5000.