Crime Stoppers

CrimeStoppers is a not-for-profit organization consisting of a volunteer board and a Coordinator, which is usually a Police Officer. It operates from the idea that for just about every crime committed, someone other than the offender knew about it or might have seen or overheard something suspicious. It might be you.

CrimeStoppers is a nonprofit organization, funded entirely with fund raisers and donations from citizens and civic organizations. Contributions are Tax Deductable.

All money raised is used to cover the payment of cash rewards which can vary from $50 to $1,000 depending on the seriousness of the crime and the relevance of the tip to the crime.

The use of a cash reward is offered to motivate citizens who have information and anonymity is preserved to overcome any fear of involvement in a criminal case.

How It Works

If any citizen has information on a crime - they call the special CrimeStoppers phone number - 815-547-7867 or 815-547-STOP.

The CrimeStoppers staff logs the call with the date, time and brief summary of the caller's information. For any citizen with information on a crime, CrimeStoppers offers:

  • A cash reward on tips that lead to an arrest
  • Complete protection of the caller's anonymity

To assure anonymity, the caller is given a secret code number for any future communication, and is asked to maintain contact with CrimeStoppers.

The tip information is given to the proper law enforcement agency for investigation. If investigation by law enforcement results in the arrest and filing of criminal charges against a felony crime offender or the apprehension of a felony fugitive, law enforcement informs CrimeStoppers. When the informant calls back to CrimeStoppers to check their secret code number, CrimeStoppers makes arrangements to pay the cash reward.

Support from television, radio stations and the newspapers is the critical link to citizen involvement. The "Crime of the Week" report is filmed at the actual scene of the crime and reported by the CrimeStoppers Coordinator. The "Crime of the Week" report increases public interest in CrimeStoppers and helps locate witnesses who have information leading to a solution to the crime. All production expenses and airtime costs are donated by the cooperating media as a public service.

Call Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867 or 815-547-STOP and Receive a Reward of up to $1,000.00