Fort Bend County Crimes Stoppers, Inc. unveiled its new website this week. The new site features additional cases as well as forms and other methods to call in tips.
Crime Stoppers is hoping that more crime information will equate to more tips which will in turn result in more crime solved. New features have been identified as Crime of the Week, as well as unsolved crimes. The Most Wanted section will continue to host the 10 Most Wanted criminals in Fort Bend County.
The initial Crime of the week featured is a robbery at the Exxon service station on Dairy Ashford back in February. The Cold Case featured is September 2010 robbery and murder of Cry Baby’s Pawnshop owner Lloyd Cryer in Rosenberg.
“Perception and reality often don’t match, especially when it comes to crime,” said Leslie Woods, president of the Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. Board of Directors. “Law enforcement needs the support of organizations such as Crime Stoppers as well as the collaboration and exchange of information from the public to assist in solving cases. Having the ability to do this anonymously and trade information for cash is a win/win for all. We all strive to make our county a safe place to live and raise our families, and Crime Stoppers is one of the ways citizens can help.”
Crime Stoppers, Inc. began in 1976 as an effort to aid law enforcement. Detective Greg MacAleese of the Albuquerque police Department started the organization as a tool in the fight against crime in the United States that involves ordinary citizens who often have knowledge and information that is useful and needed.
“Crime Stoppers is an invaluable tool for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and all other law enforcement agencies in the county,” said Sheriff Troy Nehls. “This website is available to all crime fighters in the county and we believe it will pay dividends to our police agencies and the residents who live here.”
In 2012, 41 arrests were made and 51 cases cleared through tips made to the Crime Stoppers Hotline, 281-342-TIPS (8477). Rewards paid out totaled $22,875. Property recovered totaled $17,580 and drugs seized had a street value of $327,200.
The website is www.fortbend.crimestoppersweb.com