On Thursday, February 25 at 10:00 am at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters, located at 9621 Ridgehaven Court in San Diego, Crime Stoppers, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego Police Department, and Sempra Energy announced a new social networking campaign that will provide real-time information to San Diegans about public safety, wanted fugitives and suspects, and other Crime Stoppers activities. Sempra Energy donated money for the project.
For the past 25 years, Crime Stoppers has partnered with the media to publicize unsolved felony crime. In that time, nearly 3,900 felony crimes have been solved through tips to Crime Stoppers including 105 homicides.
Now, through Twitter, Facebook, Nixle, and a blog, Crime Stoppers will be pushing out information on unsolved cases directly to the public. Crime Stoppers also launched a new website and a new logo.
In 2008, Crime Stoppers added anonymous text and web tip technology and since that time, positive tips to Crime Stoppers has increased by nearly 25%. We expect that the social networking campaign will also increase tips, getting wanted criminals off the streets.
As always, a reward of up to $1,000 is available for any tip leading to an arrest on a felony crime in San Diego County. Crime Stoppers’ staff is available 24-hours a day 7-days a week to take phone, text, and web tips in English and Spanish.
As a result of Sempra Energy’s support, Crime Stoppers has been able to dedicate the time and resources to develop and maintain these new activities.
Sheriff Gore and Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman from SDPD were present to provide information on the role Crime Stoppers plays in the local public safety network. Representatives from Crime Stoppers and Sempra Energy also spoke at the press conference.
For further information about San Diego County Crime Stoppers, please contact Executive Director Sally Cox at (858) 603-9810.