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Help Fight Crime Anonymously Through "Crime Solvers" Tip Line

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WICOMICO CO., Md. – When it comes to solving crimes, law enforcement officers often admit that they cannot do their jobs without the public's help. This is one many reasons that the Eastern Shore uses "Crime Solvers."

The tip line is open for phone calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.

"The tip line is totally anonymous," says Lieutenant Tim Robinson with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office. "The person you're speaking to on the other end is not a detective or a law enforcement officer, it's a civilian, and they are just taking the information."

The system started back in 1987 by a group of concerned business owners about the growing crime trends in Wicomico County. When a caller makes a tip, Crime Solvers records the tip with a code number, and only the number and the tip are passed along to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

"That's the only identifier we have, at no time can we find out where the call even came from," says Lieutenant Robinson.

Lieutenant Robinson says that most of the tips have to do with Wicomico County, but they are starting to receive more tips about other local counties.

"Now in 2013, we've really started branching out to cover Somerset County, Worcester County, and even more of the Eastern Shore. When we receive a tip for a different area, we then send it out to the law enforcement agency that can act upon it."

When a caller gives a tip, the Crime Solvers operator directs the caller to check on the status of their tip. If the information assists in an investigation, the caller could be eligible for up to $2,000 in reward money. In this case, the caller receives an additional code number, and will have to present both codes to an undisclosed location to receive their money.

Over the past 26 years, Crime Solvers has reportedly paid out more than $100,000 in reward money.

"In the last few years we've solved three homicides through tips to the Crime Solvers line, and we paid out maximum amounts on those tips," says Lieutenant Robinson.

Lieutenant Robinson says they have gotten tips on all kinds of crimes in the past, and they welcome any information.

"Any person off the street is one less person that we've got to deal with. This tip line is giving people the power to take action themselves in a safe way to help for the betterment of their neighborhoods."

Out of the eight "most wanted" suspects in Wicomico County that Emily Lampa reported earlier this month, so far, the tip line helped locate three of the individuals.

To leave a tip with Crime Solvers, just call 410-548-1776.

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