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Crime Stoppers
Story County residents now have a new tool to keep their communities safe and help law enforcement solve crimes. The Story County Crime Stoppers Board maintains a phone line and online service to solicit anonymous tips. 

Crime Stoppers is a national organization that offers cash rewards for information that helps lead to an arrest and conviction in a case. A volunteer board of community members spent 18 months working to make it a reality.

"We are very fortunate to have a relatively low crime rate in Story County," said Craig Grandgenett, Crime Stoppers Board Vice Chair. "Starting a Crime Stoppers program will ensure that it stays low. This will be a wonderful adjunct to the already stellar law enforcement agencies in our area. Crime Stoppers is a program that needs to be in place before you really need it. If our crime rate remains low, Crime Stoppers will emphasize youth education and crime prevention."

The community-run board is operating the Crime Stoppers program with the full support of all law enforcement agencies in Story County.

Program Goals
"The emergence of this program in our area fills a void for those of us investigating crimes by giving an outlet to individuals who have information on crimes but who would otherwise not come forward," said Capt. Barry Thomas, Chief Deputy with the Story County Sheriff's Office. "This program has proven its value all over the United States and I'm confident it will ultimately make all the communities in Story County a safer place to live."

Now that the program is up and running, the board is working to secure the funding to maintain its operation and to offer as cash rewards. Donations can be made online or at the mailing address provided.

The Crime Stoppers phone line will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week and tips can also be made at online or by text message. All tips will remain anonymous. The Story County Crime Stoppers Board is a non-profit organization of private citizens.

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Story County Crime Stoppers

PO Box 444
Ames, IA 50010-0444

Ph: (515) 382-7577
Online Tips

TEXT: 847411(TIP411)