Question: How do I remain anonymous?
Answer: Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. We do not ask for your name, address, telephone number, etc. We would rather not know this information to not only protect you, but to protect the integrity of the Crime Stoppers organization. Instead, you will receive a Tipster ID number. This Tipster ID number is your name to us.
Question: How do I make a donation to the tip reward fund?
Answer: Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit chartered organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be made online, or mailed to Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers, Inc., P.O. Box 6328, Chillicothe, OH 45601. If you have any questions regarding donations, please call Sheila Stearos at (740) 701-4225.
Question: How do I know if I am eligible for a reward?
Answer: Once you have given Crime Stoppers a tip, you may hear either on the news or on the street, that the person you called about was arrested, or that the crime you called about was solved. Please call Crime Stoppers to get an update on your tip information, giving them your Tipster ID number and asking for an update on your tip. Once we have been notified of your request, our investigators will be contacted for a disposition. If your information was “key” in the arrest or indictment, the investigators will verify your tip. Only then will we able to let you know if your information led to an arrest. Otherwise, we will try to provide you with updated information from investigators. You will have to call back for an updated response. Please allow at least one week for a reponse.
Question: My tip led to an arrest, how do I receive my reward?
Answer: The Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of every month to review solved crimes from the previous month. The Board of Directors determines the cash reward for each eligible tipster. Tipsters are asked to call Crime Stoppers after this time to receive payoff information such as the day, time, location, and amount. Tipsters do not need any other information other than their Tipster ID to receive the reward money.