Crime Stoppers has designated several recent incidents of vandalism to Water Valley city property as “Crime of the Week,” according to Deputy Sheriff Eddie Foster, coordinator for the Yalobusha Crime Stoppers program.
“Your help is needed in locating the person or persons responsible for the damage to public property,” Deputy Foster said. “We are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons that have repeatedly damaged the Gazebo in City Park in Water Valley.
The group is also including the concrete sign letters on the hill located at the north end on town, near the bypass. “On the weekend of Dec 8 and 9, the Water Valley sign on the hillside at the Central Street intersection was vandalized,” Deputy Foster added.
If you have information that could help solve these crimes, please contact Yalobusha County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS or TIPS@YalobushaCounty.net.
Yalobusha County Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement – fear and apathy.
Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number and web tips to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime. Callers remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
The Yalobusha County Crime Stoppers “hotline” is a vital resource in helping reduce crime in our community. With its triangle of cooperation between the citizens, the media and law enforcement, Yalobusha County-Crime Stoppers is dedicated to putting criminals behind bars while building a foundation of trust and support. The goal of Yalobusha County Crime Stoppers is to make the streets safer for our families and neighborhoods.
Since the inception of our local program in 2006 the ‘TIPS Hotline”, as it is more commonly known, has taken numerous tips from concerned citizens. Those tips have aided in the arrests of several criminals and the clearing of recent some felony cases or warrants. Since it is a well-documented fact that criminals tend to keep committing crimes, the sum total of arrest from Crime Stoppers tips has undoubtedly prevented other crimes from occurring.
An eight volunteer citizen Board of Directors oversees our Crime Stoppers Program and TIPS Hotline, which is a nonprofit program, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and operates under the umbrella of the Mississippi Crime Stoppers Commission. These people give of their time and resources because they believe in the Crime Stoppers mission and want to keep the entire county a safer place.
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
There is a saying in police work that “Somebody always knows.” Many of these people, however, are reluctant to talk to police. There are two main reasons …
• Fear of Reprisal
• Apathy – Why should I get involved
Yalobusha County Crime Stoppers breaks through these barriers. The fear of reprisal is countered by allowing callers to remain completely anonymous. They never have to speak directly to police or testify in court. Obviously it is usually better for investigators to know who has information so they can better investigate, but the credo of Crime Stoppers is “Better to have anonymous information than no information at all.”
The offering of cash rewards crosses the barrier of apathy. Although many people refuse rewards, the availability of cash is an incentive to many callers who may not have otherwise given information.
Our Crime Stoppers program works closely with all area media, providing photos of wanted fugitives, and suggesting story ideas for newscasts and print. Crime Stoppers is an invaluable asset to the community in the fight against crime in that it gives citizens a safe, secure means to give information that may help solve crimes.
If you have information that could help solve a crime, please contact Yalobusha County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS or TIPS@YalobushaCounty.net.