VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County is getting national attention for a program that is helping to crack down on crime. 5,000 calls have come into the anonymous WeTip Hotline since it started five years ago.
About 300 cities across the country have a WeTip Hotline, but Evansville takes the lead in the number of tips and the quality of tips in comparison to cities similar in size.
In Evansville, the hotline has widely been used to report drug activity which has directly led to drug dealer arrests and even convictions. Tips are just one part of piecing together an investigation.
The more tips that come in with specific details help investigators compile all their information. Because WeTip is anonymous, we are told the community has learned to trust calling in with more specific details.
It makes it easy for everyone to help law enforcement out by reporting crime when they see it.
"It all works together. Social media, WeTip, law enforcement, citizens; if you work together as a team, it will make it a lot safer around here, and that's what we really want. Just give as many specific details as you can about what's going on in your neighborhood, and that's what will get criminals locked up," says Southeast Side Neighborhood Association President Tom Littlepage.
Prosecutor Nick Hermann and his office won the National Prosecutor of the year award at this year's WeTip conference.
"What we've seen is we've seen widespread acceptance from the public in wanting to volunteer tips as well as giving us good tips. Giving us information, times, descriptions, license plate numbers, things like that that have really led to a lot of arrests and a lot of forwarding of an investigation," says Hermann.
You can call 1-800-78-CRIME at any time to leave an anonymous tip.