Following are excerpts from the Crime Stoppers USVI Newsletter, published with 1st Quarter, 2010 Results.
Crime Stoppers USVI celebrated its amazing first year of operation in January 2010, New tips kept coming in at a good rate last quarter, arrests were down, but recovered stolen property was significantly up.
Of the 5 arrests in 1st quarter 2010, 1 was a weapons violation, 2 were for assault, and 2 were fugitives. tolen property was recovered for theS quarter, valued at $69,727.
*The VI Government is now producing our weekly Wednesday release in video format for TV broadcast. This complements our existing print format, which we produce ourselves, and the audio format, produced for us by the WJKC family of radio stations. Our weekly video release can be seen on the government channels, and is also broadcast by our partners at Channel 8 (WSVI, ABC).
*Facebook Link – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crime-Stoppers-USVI/95410546407
*Law enforcement – If community members are hesitant to talk directly with police, the police will often give out Crime Stoppers cards, and will ask them to submit their information anonymously.
*Local media – Media partners play an important role by publishing the Crime Stoppers weekly Wednesday release, in which they ask for tips about specific crimes on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. The media role is so important that they see a direct correlation between the number of media outlets who run the release, and the number of tips received later that week. Weekly releases can be seen at target=’_blank’>http://www.crimestoppersusvi.org/crimeoftheweek.aspx.
*Volunteers – Volunteers are important to Crime Stoppers USVI, since they pay no salaries. They have a talented and enthusiastic group of people, representing all three islands, who run and improve the program territory-wide.
*Donations – please see http://www.crimestoppersusvi.org/supportus.aspx for instructions on how to donate by check or by credit card. They also accept in-kind donations and sponsorships for things like advertising, printing, etc. Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
*Recent financial figures can be found at http://www.crimestoppersusvi.org/custom.aspx?p=3.
By phone: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
By web: http://www.crimestoppersusvi.org/
By text message: Text “USVI” plus your message to CRIMES (274637)
All tips are completely anonymous. They don’t ask your name, there is no caller ID, no voice recording, and the stateside operators will not recognize your voice.
You can contact them at CrimeStoppersVI@gmail.com or 340-244-5699 (do NOT submit tips here).
Crime Stoppers USVI
45 Mars Hill
PO Box 1186
Frederiksted VI 00841