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9/20/2014 - Shredding Identity Theft

Crime Stoppers
Shredding Identity Theft

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
8:00 a.m. to noon

Martin`s Supermarket
Heritage Square, Granger
$10 minimum donation

Bring your personal and business documents and Integra will destroy them on site.  Some staples, paper clips and rubberbands are okay.  They can even shred your computer CDs.

While we ask for a $10 minimum donation, if you have a large volume to shred we appreciate a proportionate donation.

Your donation helps support Crime Stoppers` reward fund.  For more information email us at crimestoppers@southbendin.gov, or call us between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (574) 235-9610. 

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8/6/2014 - ACTIVE SHOOTER: How Kids are Learning to Kill, and Learning to Like It

    

ACTIVE SHOOTER:  How Kids are Learning to Kill and Learning to Like It

LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN, U.S. Army (ret.); Director, Warrior Science Group; Member, American Board for Certification in Homeland Security; Member, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. 

Col. Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world`s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.  He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill. 

Col. Grossman served as a key trainer of school and mental health professionals in the aftermath of the Jonesboro, AR school shooting; he was a consultant in the trial of the Paducah, KY school shooting; and he trained emergency, police, and civic groups in the aftermath of the Springfield, OR and Littleton, CO school shootings. 

Please join us for this timely, dynamic presentation.
Call 288-STOP to reserve your seat at no cost.

August 6, 2014
8:00 a.m. to noon
Century Center, Bendix Theatre

 

               

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6/23/2014 - 23rd Annual Crime Stoppers Golf Scramble

  

 Monday, June 23rd, 2014

South Bend Country Club
25800 Country Club Drive, South Bend

Your $100 entry fee includes:
18-holes golf with cart, lunch buffet pre-play, beverages all day, hot hors d`ouevres post-play, participation gift.

11:00:  registration & lunch buffet
1:00:  shotgun start
5:00 (post-play):  awards, food, raffle prizes & auction items

Lunch buffet and hors d`oeuvres sponsored by:

Contact us for a registration form: 
crimestoppers@southbendin.gov
(574) 235-9610

Register online:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/23rd-annual-crime-stoppers-golf-scramble-tickets-11143473429?aff=es2

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2/1/2012 - Rewards for Fugitives DOUBLED

 

Not only is it possible to collect rewards for fugitive tips almost immediately, but the reward amount has been doubled.  Now Crime Stoppers pays $200 for most fugitive tips that lead to an arrest.  Those involving special circumstances, such as an exceptionally dangerous felon, or tipsters that have placed themselves in danger, will be reviewed for an even higher reward amount. 

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1/20/2012 - Speedy Reward Process

 

Crime Stoppers new SPEEDY REWARD process for fugitive arrests

 

    At the end of December 2011, Michiana Crime Stoppers put in place a new speedy reward process on certain tips that led to the arrest of felony fugitives.  Crime Stoppers is a donor-funded program.  Its board of directors governs the funds, including rewards.  In the past, tips were presented twice monthly to the board for authorization and determination of reward amounts.  This meant that tipsters had to wait sometimes up to three weeks after an arrest before they could claim their reward. 

    The tipster was sent to a bank in downtown South Bend to retrieve their cash reward using their tip number without ever having to show identification.  If a tipster was unable to come to South Bend, other arrangements were made, but that usually meant a face-to-face delivery using Crime Stoppers contacts in other counties.  This was not an optimal situation to ensure anonymity. 

    Now, four more bank branches have been added; one in each Plymouth, Michigan City, St. Joseph, MI, and Elkhart.  This also allows a tipster who may feel intimidated picking up a reward where they and the suspect live to choose a different location. 

    When determining a reward amount, the board of directors takes into consideration the severity of the crime, the number of people arrested, the number of cases solved, the quality of the information contained in the tip, and, when possible to determine, the risk to the tipster.

    Most rewards for information leading to the arrest of fugitives are paid a standard amount.  The reason for this is with fugitives law enforcement knows “who” did it, they just don’t know “where” they are.  There are, however, occasions with special circumstances which will prompt a higher reward amount. 

    The speedy reward process pertains to the standard rewards for fugitives.  In this case, immediately upon verification that a tip led to an arrest, an email is sent to the Executive board of directors requesting approval for the speedy reward.  As soon as approval is received from two members a debit letter is prepared. 

    Since Crime Stoppers does not know names or call-back numbers for our tipsters, we rely on them to contact us to follow up on the status of their tip.  When we determine at which branch the tipster prefers to pick up their cash the debit letter is faxed and the money is immediately available.  Our record, so far, is 30 minutes from arrest to cash available!  (Of course the contingent is that this occurs during the business hours of both the Crime Stoppers staff, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and bank hours). 

    Crime Stoppers posts some fugitives on the website, (MichianaCrimeStoppers.com), as received by law enforcement agencies.  But this represents only a small percentage of people that are actually wanted on warrants.  In other words, tips and rewards are not limited to only those published.  However, rewards are paid only for felonies.  Occasionally, a warrant may become inactive for various reasons.  So, all warrants must be verified prior to arrest. 

 

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4/8/2011 - Michiana Crime Stoppers has an app for that!

It’s never been easier to submit an anonymous tip to Michiana Crime Stoppers.  Now we have an app for that.  In January of 2008, Crime Stoppers unveiled a new website that featured online tip submission.  There, at MichianaCrimeStoppers.com,

tipsters can click on a link which takes them to a secure location to submit information on felony crimes while remaining anonymous.  This link, developed by Tipsoft Online, utilizes a server that scrambles information identifying the tipster’s computer (the IP address), so the tip cannot be traced back to them.  It also allows communication between Crime Stoppers and the tipster.  Photos can even be uploaded to the server.  The tipster will create their own password and be instructed to check back periodically for updates. 

 

In February, Michiana Crime Stoppers added that same link to our Facebook page.  Now a free app by TipSubmit Mobile can be downloaded to your iPhone or Android operating system.   

 

Michiana Crime Stoppers chose not to utilize text tips when the service became available a few years ago.  “We are diligent about protecting our tipsters’ anonymity.  Without the personnel to monitor text tips 24 hours a day, we couldn’t know who might have access to the tipster’s phone when we could respond”, said Lt. Cindy Kilgore, program coordinator.  TipSubmit Mobile allows the tipster to communicate with Crime Stoppers when it’s safe for them by logging in with their chosen password. 

 

Tipsters can still call to submit a tip 24-hours a day, (800) 342-STOP, and (574) 288-STOP. 

 

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9/22/2010 - DataDotDNA

$25.00/kit, 50% goes to Crime Stoppers!

Call or email us to purchase.

DataDotDNA is a property identification system supported by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies across the U.S.  DataDots are about the size of a pepper flake, and are coded with a unique PIN.  After purchasing the kit, the owner registers the PIN online with DataDots database. 

The DataDots are suspended in an adhesive that can be applied like clear nail polish to any item you wish to protect; electronics, jewelry, collectibles, even watercraft.  The number of items depends on how you choose to apply it.  While serial numbers can be altered by thieves, DataDots are extremely hard to detect with the naked eye, and can be applied in numerous locations. 

DataDotDNA serves as a theft deterrent, and as an aid to prosecution in the event your item is stolen.

DataDot Technology USA has partnered with Crime Stoppers USA.  When you purchase a kit through us, DataDots will donate 50% directly to Michiana Crime Stoppers.  Help protect your property, and support Crime Stoppers at the same time. 

Send your check and we`ll mail your kit:
Crime Stoppers
701 W. Sample St.
South Bend, IN  46601

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Click on the "Donate" button and use your credit card at the Paypal link.  In the notation make sure you tell us it`s for a kit, and we`ll ship it to you.

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Email or call us for more information. 

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