How Does Crime Stoppers Work?


Crime Stoppers a three-part approach to solving the crime problem. Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.

Report a Crime

Call​ toll-free
1-800-AA-Crime or (916) 443-HELP (toll-free)

Download the mobile app
P3 Tips mobile app (Apple, Android)

Submit online

Thank you for taking the time to help reduce crime in Placer County.

Scan the QR Code to go to the website.

By guaranteeing a tipster’s anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards (up to $1000) for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.

To be eligible for a reward, the tip must be sent to Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers by Internet, Mobile or Phone.

What Happens When a Tip is Received

Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers tips line phone. This phone is a stand-alone instrument that does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers police or civilian Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries, and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as “Crime of the Week” or such other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.

Online tips are processed through Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers and are affiliated with Crime Stoppers USA. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today’s world. Our Web Tip process is powered by the world’s leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software. 

The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provide a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.