Tips for Crime Stoppers go up during the Christmas season because people need holiday cash. According to Flint police officer Tanya Meeks, people who might know about a crime are enticed by the cash payouts.
The President of Crime Stoppers for Flint, Saginaw and Bay City, Michelle Tambling says so far in 2012, they've paid out more than $4400.00 They use a graph to determine how much people get: from 50 dollars to $1000.00.
Most tips come over the phone: at 800-422-5245 (JAIL). Tips received through e-mails are sent to coordinators for call centers. If an arrest is made, so is a payment. But everything is anoymous.
Actually right now, Crime Stoppers is looking to pay someone who sent in a tip, but they haven't been able to get in touch with them.
NBC 25 is starting a new segment called "Crime Files", working directly with CrimeStoppers to highlight crimes they need help solving.