In 1976, Albuquerque detective Greg MacAleese was determined to find out who gunned down college student Michael Carmen at a gas station where he worked as a clerk. MacAleese filmed a video re-enactment of the murder and broadcast it on local media. The community responded with anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of the suspects within in 72 hours. That success prompted MacAlesse to establish Crime Stoppers, a non-profit organization that encourages cooperation between the police, media, and the community to “stop, solve and prevent crime” across Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the United States.
In America, Crime Stoppers USA (http://www.crimestoppersusa.com) and its local chapters across the country partner with local law enforcement to raise awareness of crimes and to communicate anonymous citizen tips to the police. Crime Stoppers assign informants a “secret number” that allows them to possibly receive rewards if their information results in a conviction. Visit the national website to submit a tip. Or, find a local chapter of Crime Stoppers and SMS a tip by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Crime Stoppers also offers a smartphone app to make it easy to report crime on the go. Tip Submit is free to iPhone users (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tip-submit/id415165546?mt=8) and those with Android phones (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.tipsoft.tipsubmitmobile).