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Vanderburgh Co. launches new anonymous tip line

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The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office launches a new anonymous crime tip line where callers could even earn reward money. 

We Tip is now up and running, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The number is 800-78-CRIME. Callers who use We Tip answer a series of questions, but never give their name. It's completely anonymous.

After answering the operator's questions, callers can choose whether or not they'd like to be eligible for reward money. 

It doesn't come automatically. It's based on the relevance of the information, the type of crime, and how helpful that information was to police officers.

Rewards can range from $20 to $1,000.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann says calls could be about a lot of different things. 

For example, giving names or locations of suspects or witnesses in crimes, information on cold cases, or even evidence the police doesn't know about, like security footage.

"It's a voice for citizens to fight back. It's a way for someone in their neighborhood to report something that's going on. With a population of roughly 180,000 people in Vanderburgh County, that's a lot of eyes and ears that are going to help us look out and look for crime," Hermann says.

As far as that reward money goes, if you call in a tip you can get a code name. Callers use that code name to call back later and check to see if they've earned any money. 

If you do have money coming to you, it'll tell you where to pick it up.

It's important to remember We Tip is a tip line, not an emergency line. In an emergency, still call 911.

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