Crime Stoppers seeks donations, members
Greene County Crime Stoppers is asking citizens, organizations and businesses for donations to help pay rewards for information leading to the arrest of criminals, according to Crime Stoppers Executive Director Kenneth "Bud" Klein.

"Greene County Crime Stoppers is a volunteer-based organization comprised of members from various local communities in Greene County," said Klein in a letter to potential donors. "We are an organization that has partnered with local law enforcement to help make Greene County a safe place to live."

Membership in Crime Stoppers is open to any citizen of Greene County at $5 for the year, according to treasurer Judy Baker. Corporate memberships also are available at $100 per year, Klein said.

Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organization, and funding is purely through voluntary donations and fundraisers. No tax dollars are used.

The organization is based on the principal that, for every crime committed, someone other than the criminal has information that will solve the crime. But many people don't want to get involved, so Crime Stoppers offers a 24-hour, anonymous tip line. That number is (812) 847-5463.

"We get a call almost daily on the Crime Stoppers line," Klein said.

Callers who use the tip line can still collect reward money and maintain their anonymity.

Klein said the typical reward ranges from $50 to $100, but may be higher depending on the severity of the crime.

"Lately, in the past year, people haven't asked for money," he said. "They want to get criminals off the street."

But, he cautions, at some point, there may be a very serious crime for which a larger reward will be needed, so the coffers can't be allowed to drain.

Donations may be mailed to: Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 458, Linton, Ind. 47441.