County Prosecutor Nick Hermann Talks to The Rob’s Radio Show About Evansville’s New Anonymous Tip Line
This morning at 9:00, County Prosecutor Nick Hermann stopped by The Rob's Radio Show this morning to talk about the new anonymous tip line established to fight crime in Evansville. You can listen to a portion of the interview below, and read the press release issued by the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office.
Starting today, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office has launched WeTip, a completely anonymous tip line designed to give callers a chance to report crime.The phone number for WeTip is 1-800-78-CRIME. Calling this number connects callers to operators available 24/7. When a caller uses the WeTip hotline, the first thing they hear upon making the call is “This is the WeTip crime line, please... do not give your name or identify yourself...” From there, the caller is guided through a series of questions designed to get as much relevant information possible.
Once the call is complete, the WeTip operator asks the caller if they would like a reward pending the outcome of their call. If they would like a reward, the caller is given a three part code name. They are able to use this code name to call back at a later date to check the status of the reward. WeTip pays rewards from $20-$1000 depending on the severity of the crime and the outcome pending a future conviction. Callers are instructed where to pick up their reward upon their follow up call.
Prosecutor Nick Hermann believes anonymity is what will help make WeTip an asset to our community. “Citizens are sometimes reluctant to report crime for fear of retaliation. Through use of this anonymous tip line, citizens can take an active role in protecting their neighborhoods from those who break the law and endanger those around them.”
“This tip line allows neighbors to become the eyes and ears of the community. They can aid us in solving crimes, preventing future crimes, and ultimately saving lives.”
According to Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin “The number one thing we have heard with our own tip line is that people are afraid to call it because they are afraid to call the Police directly. They don’t want their name in a report that could tie a crime back to them where they may have to testify rather than just giving their information,” said Bolin. “That being said, it’s important to remember that if you are witnessing a crime or having crucial, pressing information, you should still call 911. WeTip is a tip line, not an emergency service.”
“Tip lines are effective when the community has access to the number. You can’t use something you don’t know about,” said Bolin. “This number is important for everyone to have on hand.” (Credit Vanderburgh Co. Prosecutor's Office's Facebook)