About Cary Crime Stoppers

Mission Statement

Cary Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization operated by local citizens which partners           

with the public, media, and Cary Police Department in solving crime in our community.  Cary

Crime Stoppers offers CA$H reward to persons who anonymously furnish information, via the

Tip Line, which leads to the arrest, or arrests, of criminal offenders in the the Town of Cary. 

In addition, Cary Crime Stoppers collaborates with the community and citizens

to provide education and information about the program and organization.  

Q. What is Cary Crime Stoppers?

A. Cary Crime Stoppers is a volunteer organization comprised of local citizens dedicated to the reduction and quick resolution of crime in our town. Cary Crime Stoppers gathers funds to reward individuals who provide information anonymously to our local police department so that crimes can be solved. Cary Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,500 for certain crimes - when your information leads to an arrest. In addition, Crime Stoppers tipsters do not have to go to court because they are anonymous tipsters.  

Q.  How did Crime Stoppers begin?

A. Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976. A university student was killed during the robbery of a petrol station. After weeks and weeks of investigation the police still had very few leads as to who was responsible.  Police Detective Greg MacAleese, of the Albuquerque Police Department, thought that if the public was able to observe a re-enactment of a crime on television this may lead to a citizen providing information that may lead to an arrest.  After seeing the re-enactment the police received a call from a local citizen, the information provided by the caller was enough to lead the police to the two men who were responsible. Within 72 hours of the re-enactment aired over the television the police had solved the murder. This was the beginning of Crime Stoppers. 

Q. How does Cary Crime Stoppers work? 

A. As a non-profit organization, Cary Crime Stoppers involves the community, the media, and law enforcement in the fight against crime. Cary Crime Stoppers partners in a collaborative effort with the Cary Police Department, but we are not part of the police department and our Board Members are not police officers. We are community citizens who manage the Cary Crime Stoppers organization.  

Information received by Crime Stoppers is by telephone and all calls to Cary Crime Stoppers are kept strictly confidential. When Crime Stoppers receives a call, the summary of the tipster's information is generated into a confidential report by the Coordinator.  the Coordinator assigns a confidential tip code number to the report that is used by the tipster in subsequent communication with the Coordinator.  
Caller ID is not used on our tip line.

Citizen tipsters who supply information leading to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward of up to$1,500.00, for certain crimes. At the time of the initial phone call, the tipster is given instructions on when to call back to check on the case. When the tipster does call back and if the information they provided resulted in an arrest, the tipster will be given information on how to collect the reward and still remain anonymous. No member of Cary Police Department or Cary Crime Stoppers will ever meet with the tipster.

Q. How is Cary Crime Stoppers funded?

A. Contributions are received from fundraisers, local businesses, other non-profit organizations, and local citizens. Cary Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code, so all contributions made are tax deductible.  We welcome donations to our program and will provide a receipt with our Tax ID# for tax purposes. 

Kindly mail contributions to:
                                                      Cary Crime Stoppers
                                                      P.O. Box 1922
                                                      Cary, NC 27512-1922 

Q. How are rewards are paid?

Area citizens have volunteered their time and formed a board of directors to oversee the Crime Stoppers program. This board approves the rewards to be paid, based on information about the case presented by the Police Coordinator at the monthly meeting and a criteria scale.

Once the board votes on and approves a reward and the tipster has called back to check on the case via the tip line, the Police Coordinator will instruct the tipster how to collect the reward via a specific bank procedure as well as the reward payout amount determined by the Board of Directors. Again, no member of Cary Police Department or Cary Crime Stoppers will ever meet with the tipster. No one ever knows the identity of the caller and the tipster does not produce any personal ID when collecting their cash reward at the bank. 

Q. Why is Cary Crime Stoppers different?

A. Most people do not want to give out information to the police for several reasons: 

1. They don't want to get 

2. They don't want to be known.

3. There is an attitude of apathy.

4. They fear retaliation

5. They do not want to appear in court

Cary Crime Stoppers has worked around these issues by offering callers a TIP LINE which allows tipsters to remain anonymous and also adds the incentive of offering tipsters a cash reward whenever the information provided leads to the arrest of criminal offenders involved in their tip.   

Q. What kind of information is needed? Below are a few of the types of information that should be provided, if known.  If you know about any felony or misdemeanor crimes occurring in Cary, NC, we want you to be able to collect your reward so the information below if very helpful for law enforcement to be able to investigate and possibly make an arrest(s) in the case. Details are important in making sure the correct information is forwarded to the officers or detectives investigating the crime.  

  • What kind of crime(s) do you have information about?
  • How often is the crime(s) occurring and and when/where? 
  • How do you know about this/these crime(s)? Did you see it happen?
  • What is the name of the person(s) who committed the crime(s)?
  • What does the person(s) look like? Hair color, eyes, weight, height, age?
  • Where is the person(s) living and/or working?
  • When did you last see the/these person(s)?
  • Are there others involved in the criminal activity? If so, what is/are their name(s) and give a physical description of each person involved.  
  • Does the person(s) have any vehicle(s)? If so, what type/make/model/color, license plate tag #'s/any other description(s) of the vehicle(s) 
  • Does this person or others involved have access to weapons and/or explosives? If so, what type, how many,  and where are they usually located in relation to the person(s)/residence, if known? 
  • Are there pets (such as large aggressive dogs) and/or children (ages and sex) as well as how many, located in the location or residence?  
  • Any other pertinent information the tipster can provide. No amount of info is too small or insignificant. 

The more information provided the easier it is for the police department to make an arrest, which in return, makes the community safer.