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'Crime Stoppers' encourages public involvement

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CARBONDALE -- Citizens involved with Crime Stoppers across the state hope to help make communities safer.

Carbondale and Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association board members held a Town Hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss ways to improve programs. 

Some Carbondale neighbors are happy the initiative exists, but say everyone needs to play their part to make it more effective.

Eaan Chappell, of Carbondale, carries his boxing gloves on his walk to and from work every week. That's because Chappell works as the head coach of the SIUC Boxing Club.

Lately he's grown more concerned about the crimes around town.

"It worries you because you want to feel safe where you're going and just being able to be yourself and being able to walk around," Chappell said. 

Bob Bahr, the chairman of the Carbondale, SIU, Murphysboro and Jackson County Crime Stoppers Board, said his group will pay cash money for tips that give law officers the edge in fighting crime. Cash rewards go to people with information that could lead to an arrest of someone responsible for the crime.

"The police can't be everywhere, they need eyes and ears on the street and that's where the community comes in," Bahr said. "If you see something, say something."

If you're in Carbondale/SIU, it's as simple as anonymously calling (618)549-COPS (2677). For Murphysboro/Jackson County, call (618) 687-COPS (2677).

"If they have information about a crime, it's hard for me to imagine why they wouldn't call," Bahr said. "They are the reason why Crime Stoppers exist and we need their help."

Board members of the Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association said they've paid nearly $150 thousand dollars in rewards for Illinois related crimes — just this year.

Board members told News 3 citizens submitted 4,689 tips up-to-date in 2017, with 1,168 of those cases solved.

Neighbors, like Chappell, hope to see more people make those calls to keep the streets safer.

"But you know, it's like I said before, you can't really prevent everything, but you can kind of minimize some of the things that are happening," Chappell said.

For more information on the Crime Stoppers program, visit here.

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