What is Crime Stoppers Bermuda?
We are a registered Bermuda charity (No. 410) helping law enforcement to locate criminals and help solve crimes. We have an anonymous 24-hour Hotline phone number, 800-8477 (TIPS), that people can call to pass on information about crime; alternatively people can send us information anonymously via our Anonymous Online Form. You don’t have to give your name or any of your personal details. We do not trace calls or track IP addresses.
As a service to the community, the Bermuda Police Service provides Crime Stoppers Bermuda with a Police programme co-ordinator, linking information received with the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Calls made to our confidential telephone number in Bermuda are received at the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers Call Centre in Florida, USA. This phone network is a stand-alone instrument that does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers Bermuda Coordinator receives the information and makes initial enquires and then passes the information to the investigating office. Calls are accepted regarding any publicised request by the media or police for information, and in relation to any other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of or may have heard who was involved.
By guaranteeing a caller’s anonymity, Crime Stoppers Bermuda enables the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to indictment or arrest, the programme encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide Information.
Crime Stoppers originated in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after a fatal shooting occurred. The lead detective used local TV to reconstruct the crime and call for information. The results led him to devise the original Crime Stoppers programme.
We pay cash rewards of up to $2,000 if the information you give to Crime Stoppers Bermuda leads to a successful arrest or seizure of illegal drugs and firearms. The information you give us is passed onto the police in such a way that they do not know who you are; we have never given the police information about our callers. It’s a simple and secure way of bringing criminals to justice, without anybody knowing where the information came from.
For over 20 years we have helped people who want to stop crime that hurts them, their family, and their community. Our anonymous service gives them the opportunity to speak out when their personal circumstances could silence them.
We believe that individuals and communities have a right to be safe from crime and the fear of crime. Each of us has a responsibility to create a country where there are fewer victims of crime.
As a charity, we have a unique role that is independent from authorities. Our promise of anonymity really makes a difference to:
- those who contact us with nowhere else to turn,
- the victims of crime who see justice being done, and
- communities being safer places.
Now is the time to build on our achievements, to challenge ourselves and our supporters. We can do more to not just stop criminals – but stop people becoming victims as well.
Through our promise of anonymity, vulnerable individuals and communities can stand up against crime without fear of intimidation or possible retaliation. We aim to:
- detect, reduce and prevent crime through the provision of information, and
- give people the information and tools to act against crime.
Key areas of our strategy
Annual Reports are available on written request.
Impact report from the last 20 years