What qualifies as a good tip?
First of all, there is no such thing as a terrible tip. What makes a tip submission great are the details!
Focus on these critical questions when submitting your tip:
Who is involved? Do you know their names or nicknames? Can you provide a description? (age, race, height, weight, hair colour & style, eye colour & glasses, clothing, tattoos or scars).
Where did the crime occur? Where does the suspect(s) live? Can you provide the city, or specific address where the crime occurred?
When did the crime occur (date and time)? Have you noticed the crime happening more than once?
What type of crime are you reporting? (vandalism, bullying, theft, drugs, assault, hit & run, etc.) What did you see or hear?
Please remember, we can’t call you back to elaborate on details as we do not ask for your contact info. So, try your best to provide as many details as you can.
Please do not withhold submitting a tip because you are unsure of all the details of a suspected crime. Even the smallest detail you can provide may end up being the key to solving a crime.
Photos, videos and audio files can be uploaded online and are extremely helpful in making an arrest.
Any information you provide will be forwarded to the proper investigative agencies. Please DO NOT give your name or any contact info as we want you to remain ANONYMOUS.
Also, please do not attempt to seek out additional information about a crime on your own. Leave this to the investigative team. Your tip will be forwarded to the proper investigative agencies.
You offer an essential and valuable public service by providing information that Crime Stoppers will share with law enforcement agencies. We fully understand that disclosing your identity might put you at risk, and we do everything we can to protect your anonymity.
However, that anonymity may be open to challenge in the following situations:
- A call to Crime Stoppers made with the intention of “furthering criminal activity or interfering with the administration of justice.”
- A party who is guilty of a crime cannot use Crime Stoppers to try to divert the blame onto someone else. Crime Stoppers cannot be used to try to “frame” an innocent person.
- There is evidence that is disclosing some or all of a tip is necessary to establish someone’s innocence.
- Having received the benefit of full legal advice, a tipster may elect to waive the privilege for their reasons.
For a fuller explanation of these principles, help us help you by reading and understanding the “Tipster Information” on the Renfrew County Crime Stoppers website.