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Heartland Crime Stoppers

Since Heartland Crime Stoppers, Inc. started on May 1, 2010, they have received over 950 tips.  The majority of the crimes are reported by telephone but with the increased use of computers, more and more citizens are reporting crimes via the Internet.  Through Internet reporting, citizens can enter the information any time of the day or night and in the privacy of their home, without having to talk to anyone.  The main advantage to reporting a crime via the Internet at www.heartlandtipz.com, is that Crime Stoppers is able to communicate with the tipster while preserving their anonymity, due to a security feature in the computer software.

The types of crimes reported vary.  Citizens are encouraged to report all crime, but can only be paid a reward if their tip leads to a felony arrest.  Once a crime has been reported to Crime Stoppers, it is then sent to the appropriate agency for investigation.  Since Crime Stoppers covers 13 counties in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma, it works with numerous police and sheriff departments as well as probation and parole offices.

Thanks to the media, Crime Stoppers continually features fugitives and unsolved crimes so that citizens have several ways to both see and hear about them.  Both FOX 14 TV and KOAM TV continue to run the Crime Stoppers public service announcements along with local access stations Cable One, Cable Net, and Local 199.  Features can also be seen on KODE 12 TV as part of the Crime Tracker Program and on the digital billboards throughout Joplin courtesy of LAMAR Advertising.  Area newspapers print and/or put these features online weekly.  In addition, the Big Nickel publication features them monthly in their Law Dawg section.  Crime Stoppers also runs weekly radio spots with Zimmer Radio Group.  Clearly, without these media partnerships, Crime Stoppers would not be successful. As the Crime Stoppers Program continues to grow and citizens become more familiar with it, the tips will increase, helping make our area communities safer.