INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – In the hours and days following the disappearance of 6-week-old Delano Wilson, hundreds, if not thousands, of tips came in about his whereabouts.
Many of those tips went to Crime Stoppers. The anonymous tip line wants more, not only in that case, but in any crime. So, to reach as many people as possible, they are now advertising in all IndyGo buses.
“We were looking for a way to get into almost every area of Indianapolis,” said Steve DuBois, Director of Crime Stoppers Central Indiana.
There are more than 150 buses in IndyGo’s fleet and all of them will now have a sign in them advertising Crime Stoppers’ contact info.
“It’s constant, every day those signs are going to be there, so they may not need it today, they may not need it next week but next month they have information that they can pass on about a felon,” DuBois said.
“I think any way you try to crack down on crime, I think that’s a good thing. Builds awareness,” said Dakota Blanken, who was waiting for a bus outside the City County building.
This year, Crime Stoppers expects to take 5,000 calls. All of them are anonymous. This year alone, more than 171 felony arrests were made thanks to tips, but they won’t report which ones to the public.
“Because of the way we try to keep our tipsters anonymous, we won’t even acknowledge that an arrest came from one of our tips,” DuBois said.
There are three ways to contact Crimestoppers:
- Text IndyCS and your tip to 274637 (CRIMES),
- Visit their website at crimetips.org
- Call their hotline at 317-262-TIPS
This is rolling out now during National Crime Stoppers Month. Also, the Carmel police department has installed those signs on each of their police cars.