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Home  |  News  |  Crimestoppers Adds Spanish Tip Line

Crimestoppers Adds Spanish Tip Line
Monday, July 11, 2011


Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Crimestoppers is a way that you can help solve and prevent crime in your neighborhood. Friday, the group announced it is expanding its mission.

Over the years, Crimestoppers has changed with the times - letting folks text or e-mail in their tips as technology has evolved. Now they're continuing to grow, targeting a community that they've had a hard time reaching and understanding.

"Many Hispanics today are fearful of calling, but to be able to call in their native tongue and speak Spanish is going to create a floodgate that's going to generate calls to create safer communities," says Gregory Torrales, President of SC Hispanic Leadership Council.

Crimestoppers callers are always anonymous. But for Torrales, Spanish speakers have stood out because of the inability to take tips from them - until now. Crimestoppers how offers the option of speaking Spanish on their tip lines. "The Hispanics are a part of the community, we want to keep safer communities, we don't bring criminal activity, we want to report it," says Torrales.

The language barrier has been difficult and frustrating for Crimestoppers operators. "We don't know what they're trying to tell us. It could be about a murder, it could be about a drug dealer, it could be about anything. But any crime they're calling in is important to us," explains Crimestoppers board member, Bobbi Schlatterer.

That's where the new spanish line comes in. "Our operators will answer and then we will conference them in with another person that we have contracted with," she says, "We will stay on the conference line with them. We will never let that call drop."

And of course, everything still remains anonymous. "We want to be there. We're there to help. We're there to take these tips to take the criminals off the street," Schlatterer says.

Adds Torrales, "This initiative is not only going to create a statewide safer community, but in every pocket - our children, our elders, are also going to be safer."

As always, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to Crimestoppers of the Midlands. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=142907

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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