GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (1/2/2019) Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County is reporting an increase in anonymous tips this past year, leading to a higher number of arrests.
Director Julie Lopez explained 595 tips came into their call center this past year. 41 of those led to arrests for crimes of murder, breaking and entering, assault, drug violations, parole absconders and human trafficking.
One of those cases dated back to 2015.
"Last year was a little bit slower for us; and so, we were really excited that we had such good numbers this year," Lopez said. "We really think that the community wants safer communities and wants drugs out of their neighborhoods and wants a place for their kids to play. So we're excited that they trust us."
Lopez explained when a tip leads to an arrest there's a reward offered of up to $2,500. As a result the 41 arrests this past year, $23,500 was given out. But, Lopez said not everyone accepted the award.
Now, 41 arrests from 595 tips may seem low, it's about 7-percent; but Lopez said that's a really good average when looking at other Crime Stoppers efforts across the country.
About 80-percent of the tips that came in were for crimes in Flint. The City's police said they're grateful for the partnership and the willingness of the community to step up and help detectives solve these violent crimes.
Lopez said if anything, do it for the grieving families.
"It's so important for people to know just a little bit of information can help solve a case and can help bring answers to the families who need it," she explained. "We don't like to really use the word closure because you know that's difficult. You know, nothing is ever closed. But, they need the answers. They need to know that someone is held responsible for the death of their loved one."
You can submit a tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-422-JAIL or logging onto at http://P3tips.com.