ATLANTA, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Crime Stoppers Atlanta announced the launch of a new website, www.CrimeStoppersAtlanta.org , to engage metro Atlanta citizens through social media tools and provide them with a comprehensive source of information to help keep their communities safe. The new website extends the reach of law enforcement and helps foster communication with the public to further metro-wide efforts to get criminals off the streets and behind bars.
"The Crime Stoppers Atlanta website enables us to engage the community in a new way," said Miguel Sepulveda, Director of Crime Stoppers Atlanta. "Crime Stoppers Atlanta, in the past, has relied on TV, radio and billboards to reach the community. Now we can connect directly with residents where they spend much of their time – online and on social networks."
Through the new interactive platform, citizens can browse an online database of wanted criminals and unsolved cases, share the information to alert friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter and submit anonymous tips to help investigators solve crimes and capture fugitives with a click of a button. Additionally, featured articles written by industry experts provide site visitors with advice on how to best protect themselves, their families, homes and valuables.
Community members also can contribute to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta reward fund via the site, increasing the incentive for knowledgeable residents to offer up tips that could ultimately save lives. Other features of the site include a Crime Stoppers Atlanta newsletter, links to participating law enforcement agencies throughout metro Atlanta and a tribute to sponsors of the program and its initiatives.
"Crime Stoppers Atlanta has become an important tool for law enforcement in metro Atlanta," said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. "Solving crimes takes more than just police - it's a collaboration with the community. Crime Stoppers provides an important portal for people to offer anonymous information, and this new website will greatly increase our efforts at establishing a true crime-fighting partnership."
Community members can follow Crime Stoppers Atlanta on Twitter, @StopCrimeATL, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crime-Stoppers-Atlanta, or search for the latest popularly voted news on DIGG.
Crime Stoppers Atlanta has proven an effective tool for law enforcement to identify and apprehend wanted criminals. Since its inception in 2007, Crime Stoppers Atlanta has helped investigators close more than 191 cases and put more than 139 criminals behind bars.
Information on unsolved crimes or wanted criminals can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Providing an anonymous tip could result in a reward of up to $2,000.
For more information on Crime Stoppers visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.
About Crime Stoppers Atlanta:
Launched in January 2007, Crime Stoppers Atlanta rallies and empowers citizens to take a stand against crime in their communities by providing an avenue for citizens to anonymously report information about criminal activity, or criminals' whereabouts, and incentivizes them with monetary rewards if the information leads to an arrest and indictment. The information provided through Crime Stoppers Atlanta helps law enforcement officials in their investigations and can play a major role in the apprehension of criminals and in securing convictions. For more information or to donate to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta reward fund visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.
SOURCE Crime Stoppers Atlanta