How It Works
SWFL Crime Stoppers is NOT a substitute for calling 9-1-1. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Ways To Submit A Tip:
Tipsters can call our 24-hour call center at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). A tip ID number will be provided to you once your information regarding a crime has been entered in the system.
Tips can be submitted online by clicking the "Submit a Tip" button. Please provide as much detailed information on the form. You will be able to upload photos, videos, documents and audio files. Please be sure to save your tip ID number and password. These numbers are the only way for us to identify you are the one who submitted the tip.
Tipsters have the option of sending an anonymous tip from their mobile phone using our P3 Tips mobile app. You can download the P3 Tips app by clicking the "Mobile App" button at the top of this page. As with online tips, mobile tips are completely secure and anonymous. Once the tips is sent through the app, the tipster will automatically receive a tip ID number so they will be able to add additional information to the original tip, as needed. SWFL Crime Stoppers will be able to dialog with the tipster regarding their tip. Tipsters can also upload photos, videos and audio files to their tip.
What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is a program designed to solve crime with the help of concerned citizens. The program encourages community members to help fight crime by supplying leads through a anonymous tip.
The original Crime Stoppers program was founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1976. Today Crime Stopper programs are located worldwide. Your local program that serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, began in 1981. Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a member of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers (FACS) and Southeastern Crime Stoppers Association (SECSA).
How is Crime Stoppers funded?
Funding of SWFL Crime Stoppers is provided through contributions from private individuals, businesses, fundraising events and grants. No state or federal funds are used.
A unique funding factor for Crime Stoppers is that grant dollars come exclusively from criminals. When they're sentenced, criminals are assessed several fines - one of which goes back to Crime Stoppers. To help fund our non-profit program, they have to pay a $20 fine, which is given to the Office of the Attorney General in Tallahassee for administration. Of that fine, roughly $16 comes back to Crime Stoppers in the form of a grant. That grant helps with the 24/7 operation of Crime Stoppers. So we use criminals money to help put more criminals behind bars - it's a win-win, especially for taxpayers.
Does Crime Stoppers Work?
The answer is quite simply YES! Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offenses.
The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics; however, other benefits have come to notice:
A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.
A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.
Improved relationships between police, media, and the community.
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by law enforcement as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.
How do we guarantee anonymity?
The tipster’s information is received through segregated telephone lines. The phone calls go thru an answering service located in Canada which prevents any person in United States to subpoena, or thru statute, request your tip information. No caller information is taken, nor is the call recorded in any manner.