Call 605-626-3500 to anonymously report a crime or information about a crime in the Aberdeen area.
Help Solve Crimes
Someone always has information that can help solve a crime. These are the people who can call Crime Stoppers anonymously and provide a tip that might help investigators identify those responsible for a crime. In any investigation, police and other law enforcement agencies encounter individuals who will not directly provide information. The three main reasons cited are:
- Fear of reprisal
- An attitude of apathy
- Reluctance to get involved
Crime Stoppers breaks through these barriers by giving people the opportunity to provide information without directly speaking to police or having to testify in court. Obviously, investigators need witnesses to help prove their case in court, but most importantly they need information that allows them to zero in on a suspect or a criminal operation such as a drug trafficking network. Tips to Crime Stoppers do not give police evidence they require to arrest an individual, but put them on the right track to solve crime.
History of the program
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September 1976. It is a partnership between the community, media, and law enforcement, and is designed to combat crime and keep our streets safe.
Today there are some 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in communities around the world that take tips to assist investigators solving crimes, including homicides, sexual assaults, drug trafficking operations, and robberies. Programs have also received information that helped to prevent school shootings and criminal acts by terrorist organizations.
An Effective Crime-Fighting Concept
We need the Crime Stoppers program because Crime Stoppers works. It is an extremely effective crime-fighting concept that solves crime and keeps our streets safe. Statistics show an average conviction rate of 95%, and tips to Crime Stoppers save law enforcement agencies thousands of dollars in investigation time.
Calls to Crime Stoppers assist in putting police on the right track by identifying individuals who are responsible for committing crimes. On an accumulative basis since 1976, tips to Crime Stoppers have been responsible for the arrests of more than 600,000 individuals and and have led to the seizure of almost $7 billion worth of stolen property and illicit drugs.
For More Information
If you would like more information on the Crime Stoppers program in the United States, please visit their website.