What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is a program designed to solve crime with the help of concerned citizens. The program encourages community members to help fight crime by supplying leads through a anonymous tip.
The original Crime Stoppers program was founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1976. Today Crime Stopper programs are located worldwide. Your local program that serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, began in 1981. Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a member of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers (FACS) and Southeastern Crime Stoppers Association (SECSA).
How it works?
When you provide a tip, you will be given a Tip ID # and password. This Tip ID # and password is the ONLY WAY a tip can be tracked and a reward can be issued, if your tip led to an arrest. KEEP YOUR TIP ID # in a safe place where only you have access to it. This ID # is what identifies you.
You can check the status of your tip 24/7 by downloading the P3Tips mobile app. You can also contact us every Wednesday between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
What happens when you submit a tip?
When you provide a tip, you will be given a Tip ID # and password. This Tip ID # and password is the ONLY WAY a tip can be tracked and a reward can be issued, if your tip led to an arrest. REMEMBER KEEP YOUR TIP ID # – this ID # is what identifies you.
You can check the status of your tip 24/7 by downloading the P3Tips mobile app. You can also contact SWFL Crime Stoppers every Wednesday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
How does Crime Stoppers guarantee anonymity?
The tipster’s information is received through segregated telephone lines. The phone calls go thru an answering service located in Canada which prevents any person in the United States to subpoena, or thru statute, request your tip information. No caller information is taken, nor is the call recorded in any manner.
Ways to Submit a Tip
- By Phone: Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477)
- Online: www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com
- Download the P3Tips mobile app
How is Crime Stoppers funded?
Funding of SWFL Crime Stoppers is provided through contributions from private individuals, businesses, fundraising events and grants. No state or federal funds are used.
A unique funding factor for Crime Stoppers is that grant dollars come exclusively from criminals. When they’re sentenced, criminals are assessed several fines – one of which goes back to Crime Stoppers. To help fund our non-profit program, they have to pay a $20 fine, which is given to the Office of the Attorney General in Tallahassee for administration. Of that fine, roughly $16 comes back to Crime Stoppers in the form of a grant. That grant helps with the 24/7 operation of Crime Stoppers. So we use criminals money to help put more criminals behind bars – it’s a win-win, especially for taxpayers.