Crime Stoppers hotline has been revived
By Noelle Edwards
Salisbury residents have a new way to stop crime.
After being dormant a number of years, the Crime Stoppers hotline is being revived.
The hotline is a way for people to report crime tips without giving their names.
And if a tip turns into an arrest, the person who reported the tip could win a reward of up to $1,000.
A person who knows something about a crime can call 866-639-5245 or 866-639-JAIL. They press 1 for crimes in the city and 2 for crimes in the county.
A law enforcement representative will field the call, take down the information and give the person a confidential code number used to identify the caller in subsequent transactions.
The hotline will not use caller identification technology.
Diane Moghrabi, volunteer secretary for the Crime Stoppers board, said the hotline will be funded with grants, donations, gifts from businesses and fundraisers.
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization. Moghrabi said money the organization raises is used primarily for award money and to maintain the hotline.
The Salisbury Crime Stoppers organization is affiliated with Crime Stoppers International, which began in 1976. Many cities throughout America have their own Crime Stoppers organizations.