About Bergen County CrimeStoppers
Bergen County CrimeStoppers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization led by citizens wanting to keep their communities safe against crime. The organization started out in 1982 as “Tri-Community CrimeStoppers” with the municipal/city police agencies of Bergenfield, Hackensack, and Teaneck. Later, member towns and cities were added to its membership. They were: Englewood, Bogota, and South Hackensack. These six (6) municipalities currently make up the police and municipal/city membership of Bergen County CrimeStoppers. However, CrimeStoppers wants to continue to add more Bergen County townships, boroughs, and cities to their membership to have the ability to serve all areas of our great County here in the State of New Jersey.
CrimeStoppers programs offer cash rewards of up to $1000 to a person, whose identity remains anonymous, who provides information that leads to the arrest of criminals and fugitives. Information is received through a CrimeStoppers phone tip line or via an online tip submission on the Bergen County CrimeStoppers website. The tip is forwarded to a law enforcement program liaison. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity.
CrimeStoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
Fear of REPRISAL,
An attitude of APATHY and
Reluctance to get INVOLVED.
CrimeStoppers resolves these problems by:
Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes, and
Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.
CrimeStoppers was the brainchild of a young Albuquerque, New Mexico, detective who was concerned by the number of unsolved cases he and fellow detectives were working on. He was particularly frustrated that all possible leads had been exhausted regarding the murder of a young college student. He felt information that would solve the crime was available from “someone other than the criminal.” That principal led to the major factors that needed to be addressed so individuals would come forward. Members of the local community, media and law enforcement, came together in partnership to begin the effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement. Thus, the first CrimeStoppers program was born on September 8, 1976.
A cash reward was offered to individuals that provided anonymous tips to CrimeStoppers with information which would lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the crime. The local media publicized the first “Crime of the Week” and the phone number to call with the information. A call received by the program resulted in the arrest of three men, within 72 hours, who had been involved in the homicide of the young college student that had occurred 4 months earlier.
Today, community and student CrimeStoppers programs reach around the world and are represented by the Nation/Regions of the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the South/Western Pacific. The CrimeStoppers program has enjoyed great success with the information received which has led to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for committing felony offenses, boasting an average conviction rate of approximately 95% on cases solved by a tip to the program.
CrimeStoppers is a partnership between the Community, the Media and Law Enforcement. Community citizens are responsible for forming a CrimeStoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with law enforcement and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fundraising, and all volunteer service. The program is supported by the public through tax deductible donations from businesses, corporations, individuals, and service organizations. Media for CrimeStoppers is publicized on a regular basis by all outlets including print, broadcast and web-based partners. Special attention is given to unsolved crime re-enactments, “Crimes of the Week”, cold cases, narcotics activity, wanted fugitives, and suspected terrorist and gang activity. To get on our media list, please contact us. Local law enforcement agencies receive and process the anonymous tips received through CrimeStoppers and follow-up and investigate the tip to help solve the crimes. If the information leads to an arrest, the caller can be paid up to $1,000.00 (depending on the degree and severity of the crime) for their information.
In cooperation with Bergenfield, Bogota, Englewood, Teaneck, Hackensack and South Hackensack Police Departments, are asking for the public’s help to solve them.
Frequently Asked Questions
If this is an urgent matter, do not submit it here. Dial 9-1-1 if it is an Emergency or Crime-in-Progress.
You can submit your tip by calling 844.466.6789
Listen for Voice Prompts and select your town/city for reporting your tip
You can also submit here on our website using the ONLINE TIP SUBMISSION