Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 21 announced it was more than doubling the maximum reward available for an anonymous tip.
Crime Stoppers will now pay a maximum of $5,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest. The former maximum payment was $2,000.
Crime Stoppers requested an allocation of $150,000 from the Greensboro City Council in the 2021-2022 budget in order to finance the increase in maximum payments to anonymous tipsters.
The Crime Stoppers program has been extremely successful in assisting the Greensboro Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in Guilford County in solving crimes since it was founded in 1981. In 2020, the City of Greensboro set a new record for homicides with 61 during the year and the City Council said it would allocate more resources toward fighting crime.
However, the City Council decided to cut the requested allocation from Crime Stoppers in half, with $75,000 in fiscal year 2021-2022 and a promise of an additional $75,000 in fiscal year 2022-2023. This increase was enough for Crime Stoppers to greatly increase the maximum amount for a tip that leads to an arrest to $5,000.
The Crime Stopper program is completely anonymous and during the 40 years of its existence not a single tipster has been identified despite the fact that it has received over 40,000 tips that have led to more than 9,000 cases being solved and over 19,000 arrests being made.
Crime Stopper tips have also resulted in over $9 million worth of property being recovered, over $17 million worth of illegal drugs being seized and has paid out over $700,000 worth of rewards.
There are three ways to contact Crime Stoppers with a tip.
- Call 336-373-1000.
- Visit www.ggcrimestoppers.com or visit www.P3tips.com
- Download the free mobile app: P3 Tips to submit a tip through the app.
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization run by a volunteer board.