About Cary Crime Stoppers

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. Cary Crime Stoppers gather funds to reward individuals who provide information anonymously to our local police department so that crimes can be solved.

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. 

Cary Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,500 - when your information leads to an arrest and indictment.

CALL (919) 460-4636

How It Works

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

Most of the information received by Crime Stoppers is by telephone and all calls to Crime Stoppers are kept in complete confidence. When Crime Stoppers receive a call, it is logged in with the date and time along with a brief summary of the caller's information. Callers are given a confidential code number that is used to identify the caller in subsequent transactions.  (Caller ID is not used on any of our lines)

Citizens who supply information leading to an arrest and indictment are eligible for a reward of up to $2500.00. At the time of the initial phone call, the caller is given instructions on when to call back to check on the case. When the caller does call back, if the information they provided resulted in an arrest and indictment, the caller will be given information on how to collect the reward and still remain anonymous.

Q. How is Cary Crime Stoppers funded?

A. Contributions are received from local businesses, social clubs, business men and women, and local citizens. Cary Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code, so all contributions made will be tax deductible.  Mail Contributions to:
                                                                 Cary Crime Stoppers
                                                                 P.O. Box 1922
                                                                 Cary, NC 27512-1922 

How 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.

Once the board approves a reward and the caller has called back to check on the case, the Police Coordinator will give the caller instructions on how to pick up the reward. The caller is given secret code information and directed to a local bank. The caller will give the bank teller the code number and after the number has been verified by the teller, the caller will receive an envelope containing the cash reward money. No one ever knows the identity of the caller.

Q. Why is Cary Crime Stoppers different?

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

1. They don't want to get involved.
2. The fear of retaliation. 

Cary Crime Stoppers has worked around these issues by offering callers a 24 hour hotline which allows callers to remain completely anonymous. Cary Crime Stoppers also adds the incentive of offering callers a cash reward whenever the information provided leads to an arrest or indictment. 

Q. What kind of information is needed?

A. What kind of crime do you have information about?
How do you know about this crime? Did you see it happen?
Do you know the name of the person who committed the crime?
What does the person look like? Hair color, eyes, weight, height, age?
Where is the person living?
When did you last see this person?
Does this person have a car? Description of the car. 

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

Providing Information to Help Solve the Crime

If you know about any felony or misdemeanor crime, we want you to be able to collect your reward. You must give as many details as possible about the crime when you leave your message.

We need this information to help the police make the arrest and indictment.