Crime Stoppers gives law a helping hand

It’s “Crime Stoppers Month” in Texas, and we take time to recognize the growth and popularity of this organization as well as all the volunteer time and effort given by our local entity’s board of directors.

Crime Stoppers, Inc. was founded in 1976 in Albuquerque, N.M., as a way for the public to give a helping hand to law enforcement agencies. Using citizens to solicit tips on crime was a novel concept at that time, yet these days we must do our part to help guard against everything from violent crime to petty theft.

Tony Klein, chairman of the Gillespie County Crime Stoppers group, reminded that while citizens can help stop criminal activity, they themselves may also be in for some reward money.

The hallmark of the organization is that it guarantees anonymity for those who call in a tip (or text or submit via the organization’s website, as current technology allows).

And the local organization has helped make this area safer and rewarded some who have offered anonymous tips.

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