How it Works

Crime Stoppers in South Carolina:

  • There are 12 Crime Stoppers programs in SC: Anderson Area Crime Stoppers, Crime Stoppers of Cherokee County, Crime Stoppers of Greenville County, Laurens County Crime Stoppers, Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry, Midlands Crimestoppers, Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee, Spartanburg Crime Stoppers, Sumter Crimestoppers, Union County Crime Stoppers, and Crime Stoppers of York County

  • The creation of all Crime Stoppers programs in SC was initiated and established by concerned citizens in the local communities they serve

  • Not all counties are associated with a Crime Stoppers program

  • Law enforcement cannot make an arrest based solely on a Crime Stoppers tip

  • Crime Stoppers is not intended for real-time dispatching of law enforcement personnel

  • In the event of an emergency, call 911

Crime Stoppers Program Structure & Funding

  • Crime Stoppers programs are governed by a volunteer board of directors

  • Each Crime Stoppers program has a Crime Stoppers Coordinator who is a law enforcement official (sworn/non-sworn) employed with a local law enforcement agency that serves as the liaison between law enforcement, the board, the community, and the media

  •  Crime Stoppers programs are required to register with the IRS and SC Secretary of State as 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization

  • There is NO government funding for Crime Stoppers programs in SC

  • Fundraising and donations are the ONLY sources of income

Submitting Tips in SC

  • There are 3 ways to submit tips to Crime Stoppers:

    • Mobile Tip – Download the P3 Tips app on any Android or Apple device

    • Web Tip – Go to the local Crime Stoppers program website or

    • Phone Tip – Call the local Crime Stoppers program hotline

  • Pictures, videos, and audio files can be uploaded to any tip

  • Approximately 85% of all tips are submitted via the web or P3 Tips app

Cash Rewards

  • Tipsters collect cash rewards using a secure process

    • Instructions are provided to tipsters once a reward is determined by the board

    • NO ID Required - A unique tip ID and/or password is used by the tipster to collect the reward

Anonymity Guaranteed

  • No caller ID used on hotlines

  • Phone calls are not recorded

  • Tipster phone number is not collected on phone records which is a special agreement between the phone company and Crime Stoppers

  • P3 Tips - online tip management service that uses secure servers

  • No identifiers about the tipster are documented (sex, race, relationship, etc.)