San Diego County Crime Stoppers was established in 1984 by a small group of concerned citizens seeking a safer community. This group established a nonprofit organization that brings together community volunteers, law enforcement, and the media with a shared goal—solving crime in San Diego.
Crime Stoppers’ proven strategies are simple. We operate an anonymous tip hotline (888) 580- 8477 where citizens can call with information on any felony crime or suspected criminal activity. We work with the media to publicize unsolved felony crime with the aim of bringing in tips from the public.
Crime Stoppers is based on the principle that for every crime committed, someone has information to solve that crime. Crime Stoppers combats the three major problems law enforcement faces in gathering that information:
- Fear of reprisal
- Reluctance to get involved
Crime Stoppers overcomes these challenges by providing citizens a safe way to anonymously report crime and rewards citizens for tips leading to an arrest.
In 1999, San Diego Unified School District partnered with Crime Stoppers to establish Campus Crime Stoppers. Campus Crime Stoppers empowers students to do the right thing and create a safe environment for learning.
Today, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies depend on San Diego County Crime Stoppers. Every month, hundreds of calls come into our tip line and are shared with detectives all over the County for further investigation. Crime Stoppers provides a critical link between the community and law enforcement.
Over the past 28 years, San Diego County Crime Stoppers has evolved from a good idea to a strong and vital presence in San Diego. Crime Stoppers remains a nonprofit, charitable organization supported by responsible individuals and businesses that want to make San Diego safer.
To date, 4,000 cases have been solved through tips provided by Crime Stoppers, including 109 homicides.