The Taos County Crime Stoppers organization had a very fruitful year in 2017.
Working with the various law enforcement agencies, the efforts of TCCS resulted in making the town and County of Taos a safer environment for us all and reduced the number of criminals in our midst.
The use of its anonymous tipline (758-HALT), its website and P-3 Tips mobile app system produced 332 tips and 658 follow-ups on the tips submitted. Follow-ups are the number of times that the tipster and the agency respond to each other via secure two-way dialogue after the initial tip is received.
As a result of these anonymous tips, 21 arrests and apprehensions of identified felons and fugitives were made in 2017. Anonymous tipsters were entitled to rewards ranging from $150 to $600 and a total of $3,500 was given to these individuals.
TCCS is looking forward to another productive year in 2018. In fact, we have received tips resulting in the arrest and apprehension of five fugitives already this year. The tipsters involved in these incidents were eligible for rewards ranging from $150 to $500 and recovered stolen property included firearms, illegal drugs, two laptop computers and one iPad computer.
As a non-profit organization, TCCS relies on support from community members and businesses. In 2017, 15 businesses became supporting sponsors, enabling Crimestoppers to reward the anonymous tipsters and continue its efforts to fight crime.
Individual community members can also help with catching thieves by properly protecting their personal property. One of the best ways to catch a thief is to have good records of property, with serial numbers where applicable, and pictures help even more. Having such documentation will also be useful in making an insurance claim.
A home inventory form and other useful information is available from Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. A link to the site is located under the "resources" tab of taoscountycrimestoppers.org.
Check out our website taoscountycrimestoppers.org or Facebook page for the latest news on fugitives and crimes within our community.