About the Crime Stoppers Program
Crime Stoppers is the community, law enforcement and media working together to solve crimes. It provides a way for citizens to help solve crimes by calling or texting in clues. A good clue can be a great advancement in solving a crime and often comes from a concerned citizen. Crime Stoppers encourages citizens to volunteer information helpful to law enforcement agencies by guaranteeing anonymity and by offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Crime Stoppers is an effective way to involve citizens in fighting and preventing crime in their communities. Much of the success is due to participation in the program by local media. Newspapers, radio stations and television stations help to publicize the Crime Stoppers numbers and to encourage awareness of crimes by printing and broadcasting information about crimes that citizens can help solve.
Student Safety Line
If you are a High School or Middle School student in Linn County and know someone has drugs, alcohol or a weapon on school property, you can report these crimes anonymously.
Student Safety Line
Telephone a Tip
Citizens are encouraged to call 1-800-CS-CRIME (1-800-272-7463)
Text a Tip
Text a Tip allows citizens to send anonymous tips online or by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the numbers 5227 from a mobile phone. Text a Tip is sponsored by Linn County Crime Stoppers and collaborated with all law enforcement agencies in Linn county.
Citizens are encouraged to use Text a Tip to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools.
Text a Tip allows agencies and members of the public to have a two-way dialog that is completely secure and anonymous. The service specifically allows text message providers to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages, assigning them a unique alias and ID, and routing them through secure servers, which protects the personal details of the information provider. The information received will be routed to the law enforcement agency that will investigate the tip.
Linn County Crime Stoppers also offers citizens an opportunity to submit tips through a form on the Internet.
WebTip allows citizens to have a full two-way dialogue with a law enforcement official and maintains the citizens' anonymity. The information is submitted in an encrypted format. Citizens can upload image and video files. Be sure to select "USA" as the country, "IA" as the state, "Linn County" as the city/region, and then select "Linn County Crime Stoppers."
Submit a Tip (web tip)