CrimeSTOPPERS sees more success, seeks donations

CrimeSTOPPERS sees more success, seeks donations

2014 has been a successful year for Albany CrimeSTOPPERS.

The number of calls to the hotline has more than doubled for 2014.

CrimeSTOPPERS tips this year have helped solve many cases and put more suspects behind bars.

The organization is now asking the community for donations so they can keep paying out rewards.

Albany CrimeSTOPPERS officials believe their service is growing in both use and effectiveness. In 2013 they normally received 100 to 120 calls per month.

For 2014, they are getting 240 to 300 calls per month.

When CrimeSTOPPERS community tips lead to arrests, they pay rewards.

As of November, the organization paid out almost double the reward money they paid in all of 2013.

"The more successful we are, the more rewards money we pay out, the more we need donations," said Albany CrimeSTOPPERS Board Chair Judy Randle.

CrimeSTOPPERS has been so successful, the Albany organization is down to only $6,000 in their accounts, and their next scheduled fundraising drive is not until September 2015.

Meanwhile, police say they want CrimeSTOPPERS to continue to grow.

"People should know that the smallest [piece of] information that they provide could lead to a break in an investigation. So we hope that they will continue to utilize CrimeSTOPPERS," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks.

CrimeSTOPPERS is a non profit, all volunteer organization that receives no government funding.

They want people to know all the money donated goes to fighting crime.

"Our only expenses are our phone line, our answering service, and then the rest of the money goes to rewards for the tips that are called in from the community," said Randle.

So CrimeSTOPPERS is asking for donations to keep rewards going for crime fighting information in the community.

Albany CrimeSTOPPERS works with law enforcement in Dougherty County, Lee County, and Worth County.

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