Reporting Crime Leads to Preventing Crime
Many crimes throughout the country are not reported for a variety of reasons. It is estimated that fifty percent of all crime, regardless of how small or large, goes unreported. Some people do not feel that it will do any good, or they are embarrassed, or they are scared of repercussions if they do report crime. Police cannot solve or attempt to solve an unreported crime. Police cannot help prevent future crimes if they do not know there is a problem.
Report ALL Crime
No matter how small the crime is, please report the crime. If you do not know the serial number of a piece of property that was stolen, it is okay. The report and other reports similar to it might help police recognize a certain crime trend that is happening in that area. This would help police take steps in solving the crimes and help prevent future crimes. At the Springfield Police Department you can make a police report in one of two ways. You can call 911 to request an officer for your report or call the Telcom number (864-1810) to report the crime over the phone. The Telcom number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Tips Line (417) 869-TIPS
The Springfield Police Department has developed the Tips Line as a way to report crime anonymously. This concept was developed because the police believe that someone other than a criminal or a victim may have information that will assist in solving serious crimes.
The information that you will be asked to provide is very simple. You should know what to look for before calling the Tips Line, so you can provide as much information as possible. Some of the questions you will be asked are:
- The nature of the offense
- The location of the offense
- Date and times that the offense occurred
- Suspect(s) information including name, address, age, sex, race, height, weight, hair color, eye color, any identifying characteristics
- Friends and/or associates of the suspect(s)
- Vehicle(s) information including make, model, color, year, license plate number(s)
The most common tip is in reference to drug activity or drug information. If you have witnessed drug-related activity, you can also contact officers through the SPD Web site using our Drug Tipline. By completing a short form online and including as much of the information listed above as possible, you can give officers enough information to start an investigation. You may remain anonymous if you prefer.
Remember that not all tips lead to solving crime. The more information that the police obtain, the better the chances of solving crimes and the better the chances of preventing future crimes.
Community Involvement=Crime Prevention
Without the help of the community providing tips and reporting crimes, the police would not solve as many crimes as they do. They more information that is provided by the community, the more crimes that will be solved. Take responsibility for your community; report suspicious activity and all crimes that you see happen or that happen to you. Remember that you can remain anonymous.