Tulsa Crime Stoppers helping solve crimes within hours

Posted at 5:13 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 18:13:26-04

Tulsa Crime Stoppers is turning criminals in by the hour. With tips coming in hourly, the non-profit organization works with the Tulsa Police Department to lock up criminals.

Thousands of people see a crime being committed and are scared to tell police. With Crime Stoppers, your anonymity is guaranteed. 

"Average a month is anywhere from 250 to 300 tips," Tulsa Crime Stoppers Executive Jennifer Rush said. 

Hundreds of these tips are solving dozens of crimes and putting dangerous people behind bars. Sometimes it can happen within hours.

"On Monday, we put out the most wanted for Tulsa Police Homicide Department and on Tuesday he was arrested," Rush said. 

When you send a tip, you're given a 10 digit number and that becomes your identity. The police are not able to find out who you are. Your identity is anonymous.

"Their number does not show up on caller ID and when they send a message via the mobile app, we have no way to trace their location or where they're at," Rush said.

Don't be fooled. Crime Stoppers works closely with the Tulsa Police Department.

"We get tips on just about every crime that we investigate and we get hundreds of tips a month," Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell said. "So if an individual believes that they've gotten away with something, chances are you have not gotten away with it."

The reward can be as much as $1,500 if you help solve a felony crime. You must remember you 10 digit number to get your reward. 

"At that point, you also get an additional passcode with directions to go to a certain bank location and who to talk to," Rush said. "We also tell you to not bring your ID, no identification."

Without Crime Stoppers, TPD says it could be detrimental to the community.

"To be able to take criminals off the street with an anonymous tip and still be able to provide something back to that tipster is a special thing and we don't want to lose that," Sgt. Tuell said. 

So send a tip and keep your neighborhood safe with just a few simple touches.

Click here for more information about Tulsa Crime Stoppers. The Badges 'n Barbeque fundraiser is scheduled October 27th. Click here for tickets