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It is no secret; a safer city means more visitors, more residents and more business, resulting in more jobs and increased revenues. At the core of creating a safer city is preventing crime. While increased police visibility has an impactful effect in deterring criminal activity, the foundation of real prevention and reduction is in taking criminals off the streets. Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta gets to the core of crime prevention and public safety by identifying the people committing crimes and helping law enforcement get them off the streets.
How it works
Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta is a community based, non-profit program, managed by a civilian volunteer advisory board. It is a crime information collection operation, which enables anyone with information about a crime, and who wishes to remain anonymous, to pass that information on to law enforcement through a neutral organization. The program works because of its unique partnership between the public, the media and law enforcement, working together to resolve community problems through the apprehension of criminals and prevention of crime. It is an effective partnership because everyone shares an equal role in solving crime.
When an individual has information about the Crime of the Week, any other unsolved crimes, or information about a wanted fugitive, he or she is encouraged to call 404-577-TIPS (8477), text CSA and information to CRIMES, or e-mail the anonymous information using the online form at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. The tip can result in a reward up to $2,000 to the individual who supplied the information needed to solve the case.
Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta, as a force multiplier, helps law enforcement reduce the time it takes to investigate cases and put criminals behind bars. The faster the criminals are taken off the streets, the more crimes can be prevented, reducing the number of victims in the community.
Why it works
Criminals live in the same community that Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta serves; therefore, the program relies on the assumption that someone in the community knows who is committing crimes and has information that can help law enforcement take them off the streets.
Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta works because private donations help break through the barriers that would normally keep citizens from helping law enforcement:
- Fear of reprisal
- An attitude of apathy
- Reluctance to get involved
What We Do
Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta rallies citizens, provides an avenue for them to safely, and anonymously, report information about criminal activity and incentivizes them with monetary rewards if the information leads to an arrest and indictment. The information provided through the Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta helps law enforcement agencies in their investigations and can play a major role in the apprehension of criminals and in securing convictions.
Today, more than 60 metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies participate in the program. The growth and impact of the program has been bolstered by several strategic initiatives:
- Fugitive Stoppers – a partnership with the U.S. Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to identify and capture wanted criminals in metro Atlanta.
- Campus Crime Stoppers – a partnership with Atlanta Public Schools to provide a safe outlet for students to report crimes and help address juvenile crime rates, resulting in safer schools.
- Burglaries Stoppers – a partnership with the Fulton County District Attorney, the Fulton County Sherriff and the police chiefs of Fulton County to form the Fulton County Multi-Jurisdictional Burglary Task Force to help capture burglars and address the increasing burglaries Fulton County.