A Look At How Crime Stoppers Works

This year, they've received almost 4,000 tips, made more than 300 arrests, and have awarded more than $65,000

By Christina Hernandez
|  Thursday, Nov 15, 2012  |  Updated 10:03 PM EDT
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Miami-Dade and Broward Crime Stoppers get hundreds of calls each month. Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers' executive director, Richard Masten, and BCSO Commander Michael Calderin explained how it works.

Miami-Dade and Broward Crime Stoppers get hundreds of calls each month. Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers' executive director, Richard Masten, and BCSO Commander Michael Calderin explained how it works.

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Hundreds of calls come into Miami-Dade and Broward Crime Stoppers each month.

Since the start of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers in 1983, more than 45,000 tips have been received, more than 9,500 arrests made, and nearly $1.7 million in reward money has been given out.

This year, they've received almost 4,000 tips, made more than 300 arrests, and have awarded more than $65,000.

Part of the funding, ironically, comes from the criminals themselves.

"We have a Florida law that requires when a criminal is convicted, when they pay their court costs, a portion of that comes to Crime Stoppers," Executive Director of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers Richard Masten said.

Since the start in Broward in 1981, tips into Crime Stoppers have led to more than 12,000 arrests and has paid out more than $2.5 million.

Last month, a tip led to the arrest of a Boca Raton couple after the BCSO released surveillance video of the two stealing from a Pompano Beach convenience store.

"A Crime Stoppers tip is a piece of the puzzle," BCSO Commander Michael Calderin said. "Each case has its own puzzle and each tip has its own uniqueness in terms of information."

You can call, e-mail, text, and even Facebook your tips.

Crime Stoppers does not have any technology to detect where information comes from. Even if you are eligible for a reward, your name is never known. The money is sent to a bank, where you are a number, not a name.

Contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers online and at 305-471-TIPS.

Contact Broward Crime Stoppers online and at 954-493-TIPS.

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