New Crime Stoppers Kiosk Expands Viewership of Wanted Persons
GREENSBORO, NC (July 30, 2016) – Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers has a new tool to inform the public about unsolved crimes and wanted fugitives. A new digital kiosk in Police Headquarters at 100 Police Plaza displays pictures of the Greensboro Police Department’s current “Most Wanted” subjects, and images of suspected criminals taken from surveillance cameras.
The kiosk is only the second one of its kind in the state. The other belongs to neighboring High Point Police Department, and was introduced in late 2015.
The device is a gift from five local Civitan Clubs: Guilford College Community, Gate City, Gateway, Greensboro, and Four Seasons. Crime Stoppers board members and local civitan members Hayes Ratledge and Jack Zimmerman were instrumental in its acquisition. “Both Jack and I saw the value in the kiosk, and felt it was something that the Civitan Clubs would want to be supportive of,” said Ratledge.
Each kiosk cost $3,800 plus a monthly internet and data fee. According to the GGCS Board Chairman John Whitener, Jr., “Receiving this generous gift from the local Civitan Clubs is enabling our program to continue its mission of assisting law enforcement with keeping our community safe.”
The internet fee of approximately $35 per month will be funded by GGCS.
The device features a wireless modem, which enables the kiosk to be updated remotely at any given time. In addition to listing information about unsolved crimes and wanted fugitives, the kiosk also displays current weather for Greensboro, Safety Tips/Public Service Announcements, and recognition to the Civitans that so generously purchased the kiosk.
Crime Stoppers programs across the nation can share content with each other by sending a request to any agency that is currently on the system through Pro-Tektor, the company that makes the units and provides the software that runs them.
This new technology will be used in conjunction with the Crime Stoppers Website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and GTN. Fairway Outdoor Advertising will continue to provide space for Mondays Most Wanted individuals on their digital billboards.
Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)3 non profit that offers cash rewards to individuals that anonymously provide information to help solve crimes in Greensboro and Guilford County. The program runs solely on direct donations and fundraisers to provide the reward money and market the program.
Tipsters can provide anonymous information by calling (336) 373-1000, online at ggcrimestop.org, or by texting to 274637 and beginning their message with the keyword BADBOYZ. To date in 2016, Crime Stoppers has received 554 tips, which have led to 213 charges and closed 64 cases. The valid tips have also resulted in a total of $107,318 in property and illegal narcotics being recovered. The board of directors has approved a total of $13,225 in rewards for 58 valid tips.
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