How It Works
National Crime Tips was made so that citizens can have complete anonymity when calling in to report a crime. When the operator answers the phone, they will ask you not to give your name or tell them anything that will identify you in any way. National Crime Tips acts as an anonymous channel, through which the information received from the informant is then given to the police, sheriffs, and investigators in many different jurisdictions. National Crime Tips is not an investigative agency, it is just a way for people to pass the information they know to law enforcement, without ever having to give up their identity.
After the information is received from the informant, it is immediately conveyed to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. An arrest is never made on the basis of a phone call alone, but as a result of a full law enforcement investigation. The caller is never known!
People often confuse confidential and anonymous. In the dictionary confidential is defined as, to put in another's keeping, to tell in confidence, entrusting with a secret. What that basically means, is that the operator knows the identity of the caller, but promises not to tell anyone else who the caller is. The problem with that is, as soon as the identity of that caller is wanted for court, the operator can be subpoenaed to testify and will then have to give up the caller's information. Anonymous, on the other hand, is defined in the dictionary as, having an unknown or withheld name. The benefit of having true anonymity, is that the informant maintains security and no one ever knows who that caller is. That way, even if the operator is subpoenaed and under oath, they have no way of telling who the caller is, because they never knew. Having National Crime Tips available to citizens who want to help, makes is it a lot easier for people to call in knowing that they can be completely honest with what they have seen or heard and not have to worry about anyone ever finding out who they are.
The most important word in anonymous crime reporting, is anonymous. The reason it is so important, is because it lets the caller know that under any circumstances, no one will know who made the report. This gives the informant freedom to disclose the information without being afraid of reprisal or having to testify. Anonymity is the only way, and it's our way.
In the event that a crime, or arson tip, leads to an arrest or conviction, the anonymous caller can be awarded up to $1,000.00 for providing the information. This reward is sent anonymously using Western Union, and received using a code name, and a paired secret question and answer.
When calling a tip into our operators, they will provide you with a code to use when checking back on if any arrests or actions were taken as a result.
If your tip results in an arrest or conviction, you will be given a code name, and a two part question and answer statement to provide to your local Western Union location. Using the code name and the two part security question/answer, you will be able to receive your reward without providing your name, or showing ID.