brings together citizens, businesses, and the media to collect anonymous tips on serious crimes in Chicago and greater Cook County.
This cooperative effort works. In its first 38 years, the program has helped recover over $21 million in property and illegal drugs and helped solve hundreds of felony-level crimes.
It is funded by donations from businesses and individuals(no government funds are used) and fundraisers such as the annual awards ceremony. All donations are tax-deductible (check with your tax adviser).
When a crime or tip is reported by Crime Stoppers, it is logged with the date, time, and a brief summary of the tipster's information. Tipsters are furnished with a secret code number which is used in subsequent transactions.
Tipsters may remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identity, and still collect their rewards.
If a tipster's information results in the arrest and the filing of criminal charges against a felony crime offender or the apprehension of a felony fugitive, contact will be made with the tipster and arrangements made so that they can receive their reward in Cash and preserve their anonymity.