Crime Stoppers is a tool used in conjunction with the Abilene Police Department to help capture wanted criminals around the area.
"A lot of people don't realize that we are a non-profit organization, not funded by any tax dollars," explains Rick Dorman, Executive Director for Crime Stoppers in Abilene. "All of our funding comes from our fundraisers, our foundations, grant money and private donations."
And the impact Crime Stoppers has on getting the bad guys off the streets and behind bars has been felt for the past 31 years the organization has been in existence.
While the organization does give up to $200 dollars in award money for tips that lead to an arrest, Dorman says not every tipster is reporting crimes in order to get their hands on the cash reward.
"There's a lot of reasons for why people wont call the police, but they will call crime stoppers because we offer that anonymity," Dorman explains.
Connect With Abilene Crime Stoppers Inc:
Call: 676-TIPS (8477)
TEXT your Tips: 274637 (Crimes)
Abilene Crime Stoppers Website
P.O. Box 717
Check out the new smart phone app: Tipsoft
Crime Stoppers Statistics:
|Year to Date June 2012|
|Number of Rewards Approved||77|
|Number of Rewards Paid||74|
|$ Rewards Approved||$15,220.00|
|$ Rewards Paid||$15,005.00|
|Total Recovered Narcotics and Property||$21,980.00|
|Since Inception March 1981 through June 2012.|
|Number of Rewards Paid||3941|
|$ Rewards Approved||$514,878.00|
|$ Rewards Paid||$480,663.00|
|Total Recovered Stolen Property||$2,804,724.00|
|Total Seized Narcotics||$1,654,380.00|
|Total Recovered Stolen Property & Seized Narcotics||$4,459,104.00|