Keeping your information secure and anonymous
An anonymous tip means your name is not known or made public. When a tipster calls the Crime Stoppers phone line, they are first given a code number and they are prompted not to disclose their identity at any time. The tipster then uses that same code number for all subsequent communication with Crime Stoppers. The program does not subscribe to call display anywhere in North America and the identity of the caller, beyond gender, is never known.
you will not be required to reveal your name
you will not have to make a police statement
you will not appear or testify in court
your call will not be recorded
your call or online form will not be traced
In the Crime Stoppers file that is created, the caller is referred to as “the tipster” and not “he or she” which would then disclose the gender of the tipster to the police investigator. Should the caller share information with the call taker that would compromise identity in any way, that information is removed from the file that goes to the police investigator. Information such as “I live close enough to see what’s going on” or “the suspect uses my phone to call their drug clients” is all removed by re-writing the summary of information. Through this method of screening and sanitizing the tip information, the caller can never, even accidentally, be recognized or identified by the nature of content of the tip information. The tipster remains, in terms of identity, only a number and the tip remains anonymous.
All information is computerized, securely protected by passwords, and secured in a locked office accessible only to Crime Stoppers personnel.
THE CRIME STOPPERS PROMISE OF ANONYMITY:
WHAT TIPSTERS NEED TO KNOW
By providing information that Crime Stoppers will share with law enforcement agencies, you are providing an important and valuable public service. We understand that disclosure of your identity might put you at risk. We do everything we can to protect your anonymity. However, that anonymity may be open to challenge in the following situations:
- A call to Crime Stoppers made with the intention of “furthering criminal activity or interfering with the administration of justice”. A party who is guilty of a crime cannot use Crime Stoppers to try to divert the blame onto someone else. Crime Stoppers cannot be used to try to “frame” an innocent person.
- There is evidence that disclosure of some or all of a tip is necessary to establish someone’s innocence.
- A tipster having received the benefit of full legal advice may, for his or her own reasons, elect to waive the privilege.
Important Tips for Callers:
- DO NOT tell anyone that you have called Crime Stoppers. This is the only way to truly remain anonymous.
- You will be issued a confidential code number. You must keep this number a secret to ensure anonymity; the number is your only means of identification if you qualify for a cash award.
- Your code number should be treated like your PIN on your bank card. Keep your code number where no one else will find it.
- If you chose to deal directly with the police regarding the case you called Crime Stoppers about, you are no longer a part of the Crime Stoppers program and will not be eligible for awards (because you are no longer anonymous).
If the identity of one of our callers was made known it would destroy trust in Crime Stoppers and no one would contact us. This is another reason why it is so important to us that we can guarantee your anonymity.