That’s according to the end of year report from Crime Stoppers of Morgan and Scott Counties. Crime Stoppers law enforcement coordinator Loren Hamilton says it’s an increase over the last few years.
Hamilton says 162 tips led to 32 arrests and helped solve 9 cases. The organization paid out $4,650 for information received during the year.
Crime Stoppers asks for tips on crimes under investigation, but Hamilton says they also receive several tips on crimes they weren’t aware of, especially drug-related offenses.
“Methamphetamine kitchens and things like that,” says Hamilton. “We always seem to have a lot of warrant arrests when we put the pictures up on the website. So, I guess we tend to expect those. But it’s the actual crimes and actual drug crimes that I’m probably the most proud of.”
Anyone who has information concerning crimes within the two-county area can submit a tip online by going to morganscottcrimestoppers.webs.com and clicking the blue button on the home page or by calling Crimestoppers at 243-7300. Tips may also be submitted by texting 274637 (CRIMES). The first word of the text-tip must be “payout”.
A cash reward of up to $1,000 is paid for information leading to an arrest.
Hamilton says he’d like to see the local Crime Stoppers organization prevent crimes.
“Maybe put a real meaning to Crime Stoppers as far as a word and give the public some tips on identity theft and things like that to prevent some crimes before they even happen,” says Hamilton.
Hamilton says the organization is supported through fundraisers and donations.