About our Program
Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is one of 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in 20 countries. Crime Stoppers programs have enjoyed great success, boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by a tip to the program.
Features: The BACS program is a nonprofit organization offering cash rewards of up to $2,000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to the arrest and charging of fugitives and criminals committing serious felony crimes. Information is received through a special BACS tips hotline manned by a professional call center 24/7. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of assuring anonymity.
Benefits: BACS is a very cost effective way for law enforcement to gather information on crimes. One phone call or text message could lead to the solving of many crimes in any given area.
Funding: The program is supported by tax-deductible donations from businesses, corporations, individuals and service organizations.
Bay Area Crime Stoppers is a community-based organization dedicated to solving and preventing serious crime by promoting community involvement in the apprehension of criminals.
Three Partners Are Essential to a Successful Crime Stoppers Program
1. The Civic and Business Community—Citizens form the foundation of the Bay Area Crime Stoppers program. They serve as volunteer directors on the Crime Stoppers Board with responsibility to operate the nonprofit corporation, raise funds and approve reward payments when crimes are solved. Members of the public support Crime Stoppers at public events and through other fundraising activities. And, of course, citizens call Crime Stoppers when they have information that will solve crimes while putting criminals behind bars.
2. The Media—Local media outlets have the ability and position of promoting Crime Stoppers by publicizing unsolved crimes. Newspapers as well as radio and television stations in the community regularly broadcast a Crime of the Week story, which highlights an unsolved case. This appeal can include a video reenactment of a crime to give the public a visual portrayal of what occurred and some ideas about the information investigators may require to solve a case. The media also regularly promote the special Crime Stoppers phone and text messaging numbers.
3. Law Enforcement—Local law enforcement agencies receive and process the anonymous tips coming in through Crime Stoppers and use them to solve crimes. If tip information leads to arrest and charges, the caller will be paid from $500 up to $2,000 for the information.
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