FAQ

NO! Crime Stoppers of Michigan is an independent, non-profit organization that is a resource for law enforcement. Again, we are NOT the Police! Crime Stoppers is a buffer between any citizen and the law enforcement agencies!

Crime Stoppers of Michigan will NEVER ask for your name or any personal information. Your identity is a tip number that is given to you, that is the only way to identify you in the process. For a full description of our anonymous process, please click here.

Crime Stoppers partners with businesses in Southeast Michigan that help us distribute cash rewards anonymously! All you need is your tip number and how much the reward is, and you will be handed an envelope full of cash! That’s it! No questions asked! Learn More!

NO! You are 100% anonymous throughout the entire process. We do not ask your name, your phone number or any information about you. There is no caller ID on any Crime Stoppers phones. The information from submitting a tip on the website is secure, and transmissions are encrypted. We have absolutely zero information about you, so we CAN’T bring you into court! Also, there are laws in Michigan protecting tipsters from being forced to testify in court!

You can submit information on a crime that has already happened as soon as possible! You do not have to wait for a news story, or for us to release a poster.

Submit a tip in one of two ways, by calling 1-800-SPEAK-UP or online at www.1800speakup.org. If a crime is in progress, dial 911.

You can report on any crime! Here are some examples: homicides, carjackings, robberies, vandalism, drugs, weapons, fugitives, hit-and-runs, missing persons, animal abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, and any other crimes that you believe you have critical information on that could help law enforcement. 

Homicides, missing persons, and hit-and-run fatalities are eligible for cash rewards UP TO $2,500. All other crimes are eligible for a cash reward UP TO $1,000. There is a point system that has been established as a guide to ensure fair and uniform reward amounts. Why are some rewards higher? Rewards that are higher than the amounts previously stated are known as “Joint Rewards.” An individual, business, church or community organization can increase the reward by adding money to any case at any time.

A joint reward can be set up by calling the Crime Stoppers office at 313-922-5000. A joint reward contract has to be signed by Crime Stoppers and the contributor giving the extra money. If no arrest is made after one year, the contributor has a choice to get a refund of the money, sign a new contract to keep the joint reward as is, or the money can be donated to Crime Stoppers.

We pay upon arrest, NOT CONVICTION! If your tip leads to an arrest, you will be eligible to collect a cash reward.

We pay our anonymous tipsters monthly. A tip will be set up for a reward payment once law enforcement has notified us that the tip assisted in the arrest, and the tip has been assigned a reward amount.

The reward never expires until it is picked up.

No! If you want to remain anonymous and earn a cash reward, you must submit the tip to Crime Stoppers of Michigan only. Crime Stoppers will work with the police on getting them the information to investigate.

In the last five years, Crime Stoppers has received more than 28,000 anonymous tips from the public and has awarded more than $450,000 in cash rewards to anonymous tipsters. Crimes solved include 98 homicides, 300 wanted fugitives, 78 robberies and carjackings and 100’s of other crimes.

NO! After the police report is made, a family member can get help from Crime Stoppers by calling the office at 313-922-5000. Crime Stoppers will then get paperwork filled out by the detective to get authorization on what they allow Crime Stoppers to do on the case. Crime Stoppers’ services offered are posters, door hangers, news releases, press conferences and information placed on the Crime Stoppers social media sites.

The cost of the billboard is $200 for the family. To get a billboard call the Crime Stoppers office at 313-922-5000, ext#114. A Crime Stoppers staff member will work with the billboard company to get it placed after the payment is made to Crime Stoppers by the family.

Call Crime Stoppers Office at 313-922-5000, and we will have someone from the speakers’ bureau provide a presentation.

You can visit our website at www.1800speakup.org and click the Donate button to make an individual donation.

If you are a business, a law enforcement agency or a faith-based organization, and want to become an annual contributing friend, you can call the Crime Stoppers office at 313-922-5000 or submit your membership form located in our Donate page.

Under the “Get Involved” tab, click on Volunteers and fill out a volunteer application. Apply Now!

With our programs “Support while you shop,” you will be able to support Crime Stoppers of Michigan when you buy from your favorites stores at no cost to you! It is a donation made by companies that are supporting our communities in your honor!


● Register your Kroger’s Rewards card as having Crime Stoppers of Michigan as one of your community organization at krogercommunityrewards.com


● Shop at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price to Crime Stoppers of Michigan when you select “Alliance for a Safer Greater Detroit” at checkout. Crime Stoppers of Michigan was formerly known as the Alliance For A Safer Greater Detroit.


● Get a HoneyBaked Gift Card and support us. You can use your Gift Card to shop online, order from the HoneyBaked catalog or at any HoneyBaked location nationwide. 20% of your purchase goes directly to support us! Get your card and start shopping at honeybakedfundraising.com

Annual donations given by corporate friends, faith-based organizations and law enforcement agencies, sponsor companies of our annual fundraising Recognition Dinner, individual donors, and other fundraising events.

Inmates can make a call from all prisons in Michigan by following these steps:

  1. Dial 0 for a collect call
  2. Enter pin #06543211234
  3. Enter 767# when prompted for the phone number.

Follow these steps:

  1. Dial 0 for a collect call
  2. Enter pin #06543211234
  3. Enter 767# when prompted for the phone number
  4. Tell the operator you are checking on a tip that you already called in, and when they tell you to call 1-313…. Say “I cannot make the call.” They will transfer you through to the Crime Stoppers administrative office to get a follow-up.

If your tip leads to an arrest, the reward never expires so you can hold onto that tip number and upon release from prison, collect the cash reward. Or give your tip number to a trusted family member or friend and tell them to follow up by calling the Crime Stoppers administrative office at 313-922-5000 and they can collect the cash for you.