About Us

Our History

Crime Stoppers was first started in 1976 in Alburquerque. In 1979 Crime Stoppers USA was officially launched, and a year later, the first annual conference of the organization was held. In 1983, the name changed yet again, to reflect the major growth and development of the organization, and Crime Stoppers International was born.

Now there are more than 1,200 programmes in some 50 countries and U.S. territories including 11 in the Caribbean. Since 1976 over one million crimes have been solved thanks to Crime Stoppers, and over three billion dollars worth of stolen property has been recovered. The British Virgin Islands are now a new recruit to the programme.

You CAN help the men and women of our police, Customs, Fire and Immigration Services, who are constantly involved in a concerted effort to reduce crime in our community.
You can help make the BVI a safer place to live, work and relax.

Crime Stoppers BVI allows callers to remain completely anonymous and can offer cash rewards to members of the public who assist our law enforcement agencies to apprehend individuals who choose to make crime their career within our community.
Crime Stoppers BVI was initiated in 2010 by the BVI CCHA.

How We Are Run

The Board of Directors represents the community of the British Virgin Islands. It is an independent entity not connected to the BVI Government. As a non-profit organization, the Board is recognized as the legal entity representing Crime Stoppers. It is also responsible for monitoring the entire Crime Stoppers operation in the British Virgin Islands.

The Royal Virgin islands Police Force has appointed a police coordinator who will be responsible for working with the board on all aspects of the programme.

The Board, through its fund-raising committee, also raises reward funds, meeting regularly to determine what reward amounts callers should receive. Board members are drawn from all walks of life, all working for a common goal: To make Crime Stoppers successful

Who Are Crime Stoppers

We are an independent non-proft organisation helping to find criminals and help solve crimes.
We have an anonymous phone number, 800 TIPS (8477) that people can call to pass on information about crime. Callers don't have to give their name or any personal information and calls cannot be traced.

Tell us what you know, not who you are.

Did you know...?

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organisation. We are independent of the police and the government.

You can call the phone number, 800-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The phone number provides an invaluable community service, so that anybody who has information about criminal activity can pass it on, without living in fear of the consequences. Many criminals exploit people's fear to avoid arrest.

Every call is treated with absolute anonymity so that nobody will know the identity of the caller, except you, the caller. Rewards are also available and are paid without compromising a caller's anonymity.
The information you give us is passed onto the police in such a way that they do not know who you are; we have never given the police information about our callers. It's a simple and secure way of bringing criminals to justice, without anybody knowing who the information came from.

It's a system that works for everyone – except criminals.

Crime Stoppers International

Crime Stoppers International is an umbrella organisation to establish guidelines and maintain consistency for Crime Stoppers programmes worldwide.
Crime Stoppers International is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors from these worldwide Crime Stoppers' programmes.

Our Vision

Our mission is to develop Crime Stoppers as an effective crime-solving organisation throughout the world, by bringing together the community, law enforcement and the media to work together to solve crime. We have a vision to create a safe, secure world, through justice, for our children and our children's children.

How did the Crime Stoppers concept begin?

The Crime Stoppers' concept started in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1976, a university student working part-time on a late shift at a petrol station was killed during a robbery. Six weeks of intensive police enquiries failed to reveal any information although the detective on the case felt sure the criminals were local, as there had been a series of similar robberies in the area.
Detective Greg MacAleese sought to put up a cash reward provided by local businesses, for information leading to the capture of the gang. The detective then went on TV to do a reconstruction. However, in a break from tradition, Detective MacAleese offered a $1,000 cash reward, but stressed “the caller would remain anonymous”. Within 72 hours, a vehicle used during the robbery was identified and subsequently two men were arrested, charged and convicted of the murder and robbery.
The American detective recognised there was potential to develop a scheme covering other types of serious crime, and ran it for six months as a trial. In the meantime, other US police forces started to enquire about the ‘Crime Stoppers' scheme, and word spread across the United States and later into Canada.

This dynamic concept has since been adopted further abroad in the United Kingdom and other European countries, the Caribbean, Latin America, the South-Western Pacific and Australia.

Crime Stoppers Regions

What makes a Crime Stoppers programme?

Three essential elements make up a Crime Stoppers Programme: community, the media and law enforcement.

Community - citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with law enforcement and the media and generally oversee the programme. The directors are also responsible for fundraising, and all volunteer service. The programme is supported by the public through tax deductible donations from businesses, corporations, individuals, and service organisations.
Media - Crime Stoppers is publicised on a regular basis by all media outlets including print, broadcast and web-based partners. Special attention is given to unsolved crime re-enactments, “Crimes of the Week”, cold cases, drugs activity, wanted criminals, and suspected terrorist and gang activity.
Law enforcement - local law enforcement agencies receive and process the anonymous tips received through Crime Stoppers, and solve the crimes. If the information leads to an arrest, the caller will be paid a reward.

International Success

The Crime Stoppers concept is unique and follows a simple formula – a telephone number for people to give information anonymously. There is no comparable organisation offering this ‘safe' means of passing on intelligence to the police.
That this formula works is undeniable – the results speak for themselves.

Striking Statistics

In the early summer of 2008 Crime Stoppers UK received its one millionth actionable call

Crime Stoppers Canada is expecting to reach a historic milestone in 2008 - total recoveries of stolen property and drugs seized will reach $3billion

In the USA a total of $1,014,354,090 of stolen property has been recovered (as of 28 March 2008)
The Netherlands witnessed a 19% rise in tips in 2007

Crime Stoppers volunteers in Australia have answered 983,585 calls

$2,420,435 worth of illegal drugs seized in the Western Pacific since 1989 with the help of Crime Stoppers

CSI Executive Committee

Gary Murphy, President
Steve Walrath, Immediate Past President
Michael Gordon-Gibson, Vice President
Glen Bailey, Treasurer
Ralph Page, Secretary
Visit the Crime Stoppers' International website to find out more about Crime Stoppers International.

Our Partners

We rely on the support of our partners to be able to achieve our goals.
Whether it's our links with other organisations in the community, who we team up with to work on crime-specific campaigns to raise public awareness of certain crimes, or the businesses we work with who help to fund the organisations work, we're always finding innovative new ways to forward the work of Crime Stoppers.


Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who have contributed to the set up of Crime Stoppers BVI and help make the first steps towards THE British Virgin islands becoming a safer and more caring society in which to live.

COMPANIES SOUGHT in progress…………….

Our Vision

We believe that people and their communities have the right to live without crime and without the fear of crime.
When crime does take place, we believe that anybody who knows those responsible should go to the police. However, many people who want to take action are close to the criminal and fear retribution. Crime Stoppers offers them the secure means for them to get that information to the police, making their families and communities safer.
Our vision is for everybody in the british Virgin Islands, and everybody who knows anything about crimes that affect the British Virgin Islands, to know and trust Crime Stoppers and for us to make sure we have the capability to receive the information from them, and pass it to the appropriate law enforcement agency, guaranteeing the security of the caller, through anonymity.

Social Networking Sites

Our mission on Facebook is to reach a wider audience to tell them about Crime Stoppers and the invaluable community service we provide. Not many people know that we are a non-profit organisation or that they can call 800 TIPS(8477) anonymously with information about crime.

Via social networking websites, we can keep our members up-to-date with Crime Stoppers' news and give them the option to discuss crimes in the news. On Facebook, we can also highlight some of the Most Wanted criminals from our website.

Please become a member of our pages on Facebook help spread Crime Stoppers' message!


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