Crime Stoppers Falls Victim To City Budget Cuts

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

With recent city budget cuts, Crime Stoppers will no longer get the money it needs to stay afloat.

The non-profit provides cash rewards to anonymous tipsters who provide police with information. Springs Police say without that tip line, it could mean more bad guys stay on the streets.

A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of three crooks, who robbed a jewelry store at gun-point. "We had four employees in the store when the fellows came in. They were scared to death," said Mike Bonicelli. He owns Diamond City Jewelry.

He teamed up with Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers to offer a $10,000 reward for the arrests of the robbers. "It wasn't just the jewelry. It cost us an employee because they were scared so much."

"Crime Stoppers gives us a tool in our tool bag. A lot of people aren’t comfortable with coming up to a cop. Calls into Crime Stoppers help us get information that breaks the case open," said Lt. Mark Smith with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

In the past 27 years, tips into Crime Stoppers led to 3500 arrests.

“To keep it viable, we need $100,000,” said Bill Koch, Crime Stoppers Board President.

He says he worries that crime will only get worse if there's no anonymous tip line.

“Without Crime Stoppers, I don't know if the crime would’ve ever been taken care of,” said Bonicelli.

He says his jewelry store isn't the same since the robbery, but he and his employees feel better that the bad guys in this case are off the streets.

For more information on the Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Click Here


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  • by Brent Location: Colorado Springs on May 6, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    Will the clownish voters of Colorado Springs please vote out these neocons on the council? Priorities are so messed up. The republican city council has taxed and spent their way deep in the whole and then cut crime prorgrams first to pressure the republican voters of the city in to tax increases. $54 million to the USOC and increasing by the day, but we can't fund a successful program or even the police?
  • by malcolm Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 22, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    We need to volunteer to fund Crime Stoppers from donations from citizens of the area. Crime Stoppers probably never have been funded by the city.
  • by john Location: c/s on Feb 1, 2009 at 09:12 PM
    I love your opinion Ed, thats a great idea thats why it has been done, and by the way, we also laid off alot of those cops and cut even more civilian positions. I wonder what you "share". When was the last time you worked a 16 hour shift to help 4 children have a safe place to live because their parents abuse them all for the love of this community? Then you get a slap in the face from someone like you saying you should give more. Well I tell you this, I work in law enforcement and I have watched my borthers and sisters give everything to this community just to be spit on by people like you. We have our budget cut every year, I took a 4% cut this year due to medical coverage. Where was the "share" when the 1 Cent sales tax failed? So here is where the community will "Share", when they are robbed and there are no cops to help them out. "Share" on! because the criminals are loving these days.
  • by Bobbie on Jan 31, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    The primary purpose of government is to protect its citizens from force and fraud; Crime Stoppers certainly has helped protect Southern Colorado from force. Any support must not be cut from this important program!
  • by ED Location: COS on Jan 30, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    If the police really want to do something to make the streets safer the can take a 1% pay cut to pay for the program, after all whats 1%...share! (Obama)
  • by Frank Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 30, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    Maybe they can go to CS Utilities for the money - I hear they're rolling in it! By the way, with the downturn in the economy, many people will be desperate...maybe it's the best time to lose support for fighting crime...there's going to be so much more of it.
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