Here are some frequently asked questions:
How do I remain anonymous?
When you call the toll-free tips hotline, you will not be asked for your name, where you live, or how you got the tip. The call center does not have call display or electronic recording devices. You will be given a "tip number" that corresponds to the crime being reported.
How does the online submission process work?
When you submit a tip through our website, your form is sent using state of the art software through a Secure Socket Connection (SSL). Tips submitted through this website are encrypted, entirely confidential, completely anonymous and are immediately and securely transferred directly to our Crime Stoppers offices. After submitting your tip, you will be provided with your own unique ID number that you will use when checking on the status of your tip or picking up your reward.
Isn't using E-mail to submit a tip the same as using the online submission form?
Quite simply, the answer is NO. E-mail transmissions are not secure and will not protect your anonymity. Although E-mail transmissions are an effective method of communication, they pass through several servers prior to arriving at their final destination and are subject to possible hijacking, hacking or other forms of malicous attack. To submit a tip online, be sure to use our submit a tip page
Am I eligible for a reward for information that I've already given to the authorities?
If you have information that will help solve a crime and you want to be eligible for a reward, you must call the Crime Stoppers toll-free tips hotline first.
Who decides if a reward will be paid?
The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, made up of volunteers from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid up to $1000.
How is the amount of the award determined?
The reward amounts are determined by the Crime Stoppers' Board of Directors at their monthly meeting. The board reviews each reward recommendation based upon the severity of the crime and with input from the law enforcement agency that is investigating the case.
Where does the reward money come from?
FCCS operates with funds obtained through a special Florida Crime Stoppers Trust Fund grant and through monies donated and collected at fundraising events.
How long does it take to get a reward?
The entire process, from the time of the arrest until the reward is ready to be picked up, can take up to 60 days.