Putting it simply, the TIPS process is a three-part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.
THE PHONE CALL
Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers tips line phone, which is 281-342-TIPS (8477). This phone is a stand-alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded.
The Crime Stoppers police or civilian Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Crime of the Week" or such other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.
By guaranteeing a caller's anonymity Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
ONLINE WEB TIP
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, P3 Anderson Software.
The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities 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. Just click on the tab "Submit a Web Tip" and it will take you to another screen to enter the information online.
Now you can submit anonymous tips from our free and secure mobile app. Search your App Store for "P3 TIPS" APP (Anderson Software, Inc.) and choose your download option. You may also visit www.P3Intel.com/mobile.html from your phone or tablet to download your App. By downloading the mobile App, you can interact in a 2-way dialog with Crime Stoppers if more information is needed and still remain anonymous! Download yours today!
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.
HOW DOES CRIME STOPPERS PAY A REWARD TO AN ANONYMOUS PERSON?
If the tip information leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender, or the recovery or seizure of stolen property or illegal narcotics, the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors may authorize a reward.
If a reward is authorized, the Tipster must contact Crime Stoppers STATUS TIP LINE AT 281-344-9000 to collect the reward and must provide their tip report number (a randomized report number is assigned to each tip so the tipster’s identity is never known to anyone involved in the case) in order to receive instructions on retrieving the reward. To ensure that Tipsters remain anonymous, rewards are paid in cash and Tipsters use only their tip report number to identify them as the Tipster.
As with the Tip submission process, YOU telling someone is the only way anyone will know that you claimed a Crime Stoppers Reward.
Tips received will be directed to the appropriate investigating law enforcement agency. Rewards, when authorized, will be handle by and in accordance with the policies of the Crime Stoppers program handling the tip.
STATUS TIP LINE (281) 344-9000
Anonymity is not a Crime Stoppers’ promise -- IT IS THE LAW!
In Texas, a person, including a law enforcement officer, may commit a crime if the person intentionally or knowingly
divulges the identity of a Crime Stoppers Tipster.
Crime Stoppers needs the information you have regarding crimes and criminals, NOT your name!
To further ensure a tipster’s identity is never known, CRIME STOPPERS PAYS REWARDS ONLY FOR ANONYMOUS TIPS!
Tipsters who identify themselves are not eligible for payment.
Once you have been notified of an approved reward, please follow the steps below:
1 - Have your Unique Tip ID and Reward Pickup Code # ready.
These ID's will be provided to you through the tip submit method you have chosen.
2 - Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers has partnered with a local bank to allow approved tipsters to ANONYMOUSLY collect their rewards.
3 - Give the bank teller your Unique Tip ID and Reward Pickup Code # written on a piece of paper and slip it in through the DRIVE-THRU lane. ***DO NOT GO INSIDE THE BANK!***
4 - Receive your CASH reward.