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Crime Stoppers

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Crime Stoppers is a community-oriented program that uses law enforcement, the community, and the media to fight crime.

Crime Stoppers provides a phone number for citizens to call to give anonymous information on any criminal activity. Callers are given a code number in exchange for information and are asked to keep in contact with the program. If an arrest is made or property or drugs recovered, the caller becomes eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


The first Crime Stoppers program began in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a result of the homicide of a young gas station attendant. The detective investigating the case had exhausted all leads but was convinced the public had the information that could assist in solving the crime. He approached a local television station asking them to air a reenactment of the crime. He set up an anonymous tip line and offered a reward for information leading to an arrest. As a result, the detective received the tip that led to the arrest of the individuals responsible for this senseless crime.

The cooperation between the media, law enforcement and the public played an important role in establishing the first Crime Stoppers program. Today, there are over 1200 Crime Stoppers organizations worldwide.

Person County Crime Stoppers was formed in March of 2005 to better serve the citizens of Person County and Roxboro in the fight against crime. The Board of Directors is made up of a cross section of concerned citizens that meet on a monthly basis to approve reward amounts, promote community awareness of the program and conduct fundraisers. The Crime Stoppers Coordinator oversees the daily program operations and coordinates the efforts of the community, law enforcement and the media in a unified attempt to reduce crime in Person County.

To report criminal activity, call (336) 330-0923.
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
No names are used, and no calls are taped or traced.

Reporting & Payoff Procedures

Callers who contact Crime Stoppers are given a code number unique to their information. Callers are told to re-contact Crime Stoppers for an update on the investigation.

The caller’s information is relayed to the appropriate division or district for follow-up.

When the caller re-contacts, he or she is given the status of the case. If an arrest is made and/or drugs or property are recovered as a result of the caller’s information, the caller is instructed to call back at a later date for payoff information.

A civilian board of directors oversees the payoff procedure. Using a report provided by Crime Stoppers, the board approves a payoff amount and sets a date for payment.

When the caller re-contacts, he or she is given a “payoff number,” along with details for receiving payment. The caller must have the original code number, payoff number, the information originally given to Crime Stoppers, and the action taken that led to an arrest or recovery of drugs or property. Payoff checks are made out to the caller’s code number, which they endorse on the back with the code number, not their name. They are then given the corresponding amount of cash. We do not attempt to identify the caller, and no court appearance is required.