MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — With gun violence at an all-time excessive, it is essential that everybody do their half to cease it. For many voters, which means reporting if you see or hear about crime in your group.
It’s simple to report crime anonymously from anyplace utilizing the P3 Tips App or calling 414-224-TIPS.
However, should you’ve by no means executed it earlier than, it might be intimidating. CBS 58 needs to be sure to know precisely how Milwaukee Crime Stoppers works.
Crime stoppers is a world group with chapters in cities all around the world. It’s been round for practically 50 years, and in that point this system has helped remedy greater than 1.2 million circumstances within the United States by giving individuals a solution to report suggestions with out anybody understanding who they’re.
“We have put about 800,000 bad guys in jail. During that time, we have paid out over $117 million in rewards. Not everybody calls back for a reward. People don’t want police coming to your house,” mentioned Wisconsin State Crime Stoppers President Ok Scott Abrams.
In October of 2019, a gaggle of involved residents formally fashioned one in Milwaukee.
One of these individuals was Wisconsin State Crime Stoppers President Ok Scott Abrams.
“It’s your civic responsibility to report information about crimes and criminals,” Abrams mentioned. “We offer an opportunity to do it anonymously instead. That’s not snitching. That’s helping your community become safe and safer.”
Abrams is the present treasurer for the Milwaukee Crime Stoppers Board, and has been concerned with the Crime Stoppers group for greater than 40 years.
CBS 58’s Amanda Porterfield: “How can you guarantee that when people call, their call is anonymous and they can go on about their life and never been contacted by police or show up in court?”
Abrams: “The only reason crime stoppers exists is to provide that anonymity. That is our promise to the community that we will never identify those involved because we don’t know who you are we.”
Here’s the way it works. You decide up the telephone and dial 414-224 8477, or obtain and use the P3 Tips app.
When you dial or use the app, your telephone quantity is scrambled so when the decision heart solutions they don’t know who you might be.
“That information is provided into a call center someone who is trained to take information about a crime,” Abrams mentioned.
You present your tip to the individual on the road or within the chat, then they offer you a tip code quantity.
“We give them a tip number, that’s the only way we will be able to identify them. Nothing to do with their name, nothing to do with their address, it’s just a tip number that will be used in communicating back and forth with that tipster and in the payment of that reward,” Abrams mentioned.
You preserve that tip quantity after which you must name again just a few weeks later, and supply that tip quantity to see if the crime you known as about has been solved.
“Milwaukee Crime Stoppers’ phone number, we don’t have caller ID on that. It’s just a phone number. A blank phone with a couple of buttons. When we get things on our internet that’s all scrubbed. We don’t want the name. We just want your information,” mentioned Abrams.
CBS 58’s Amanda Porterfield: “Has anybody ever been found out their identity?
Abrams: “No. Not by a Crime Stoppers tip. Reporting a criminal offense, no.”
After you provide the tip, the information goes to the police department. Detectives use that information to work on solving the case.
CBS 58 sat down with Milwaukee Police Department Chief Jeffrey Norman.
“These explicit suggestions does shorten the time of discovering out who’s concerned, serving to us determine potential witnesses and potential suspects but in addition additional the conviction and prosecution of those people,” Chief Norman said.
CBS 58’s Amanda Porterfield: “Do you are feeling Milwaukee Crime Stoppers is an asset to the group?”
MPD Chief Norman: “Absolutely. We see and proceed to see a number of success tales with regard to aiding us to carry fugitives into custody. Receiving suggestions as to who’s inflicting hurt. Again, we’re data pushed and thru the following tips there’s a results of a reward.”
Once the tip has helped investigators make an arrest, they let the board know.
Based on the details of the case, and how detailed the tip was, it helps the board decide how much reward money the tipster gets. But again, the only way you learn if you’ll get a reward is if you call back with that tip number. Crime Stoppers can’t contact you.
If your tip solved a case, the person on the line will tell you the secret location where you may pick up your cash.
CBS 58’s Amanda Porterfield: “Another query I get is, ‘Won’t they discover out my identification once I decide up my cash? Again, by the tip quantity?'”
Abrams: “When they go to select up their reward all they do is give that tip quantity, the envelope is handed to the person, all executed by money.
CBS 58’s Amanda Porterfield: “And there’s no cameras watching these people right?”
Since 2019, suggestions into Milwaukee Crime Stoppers have made arrests in 5 homicides, solved greater than 40 crimes to this point, and rewarded nameless group members with greater than $13,000.
However, with the violence we have seen, there’s much more work to do — along with your assist.
“Sometimes we are the best unknown secret in the community. We want to get that word out to everybody so they know what it is,” Abrams mentioned.