Organizations: Crime Stoppers
In situations where crime seems to pay, catching a law-breaker can pay even more, thanks to Crime Stoppers, a community-based nonprofit that offers up to $2,000 in cash for a tip that leads to an arrest.
“This system is effective because it helps citizens overcome the two obstacles that prevent them from helping us take criminals off the streets,” says Karla Baldini, coordinator for Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta, one of four affiliated groups in the state. “Our system is 100 percent anonymous. The anonymity prevents any fear of retribution, and the cash reward provides an incentive to overcome apathy.”
Other Georgia-based Crime Stoppers include ones in Macon, Augusta and Savannah-Chatham County.
Last year, Crime Stoppers received around 240 tips per month – about homicides, armed robberies and fraud – and approved $150,000 in rewards in metro Atlanta. The money is raised through community donations. “Those tips solved 263 cases and led to the arrest of 216 criminals,” Baldini says. “Since our inception in 2007, we’ve also recovered 112 weapons.”
Baldini urges tipsters to provide as much detailed information as possible, regardless of how insignificant it might seem. “You can also donate to the reward fund, and 100 percent of the donation goes directly to rewards that take predators off the streets.”
To report information, call 404.577.TIPS in Metro Atlanta, 478.742.2330 in Macon, 912.234.2020 in Savannah or 800.222.TIPS in Augusta.