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'Silent Witness' Organization Solves Crimes by Providing Witnesses With Anonymity, Cash Rewards

Hundreds of Circle K stores in Arizona have begun posting store surveillance photos and videos from robberies and thefts at Circle K to the chain's Crime Busters page on Facebook. Circle K partners with an organization called Silent Witness to provide people who can identify the perpetrators in the surveillance tapes with an anonymous and sometimes financially rewarding way to work with authorities.

Specifically, Circle K says on its Crime Busters site, it uses the surveillance photos to help identify repeat offenders to police, and it reimburses crime-stopper programs such as Silent Witness that reward individuals who identify suspect and lead to a felony arrest and indictment.

Silent Witness is an organization with the mission of partnering with citizens, media and law enforcement to prevent crime in Arizona. It posts photos and other details about unsolved crimes on its website, and provides various methods for citizens to anonymously submit tips. In addition to anonymity, Silent Witness says that tipsters are "eligible to receive a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender."

On the Silent Witness website, there are links to items such as the "Crime of the Week," about which Silent Witness is seeking tips -- and offering cash rewards of up to $1,000 in each case for information leading to an arrest or indictment. There are also categories of crimes for potential tipsters to look through, such as Homicides, Robberies, and Other Crimes. The reward money comes from private donations and grants from citizens and businesses such as Circle K.

Posted by Bruce Carton on January 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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