What is Cayman Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers is a civilian, nonprofit, charitable organization that brings together the police services, the community and the media in the fight against crime.

Crime Stoppers is a program, separate from the emergency telephone number system or other standard methods of contacting the police, to allow a member of the community to provide anonymous information about criminal activity.

Cayman Crime Stoppers provides a safe and secure means for anybody with information about a crime to share it freely whilst protecting their identity.  It could also earn them a reward of up to $1,000.

Crime Stopper programs are operated in many communities worldwide.

Tell me more about Cayman Crime Stoppers

 

Cayman Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling 800-TIPS.  That’s 800-8477.

This is a free, local call for you and the call is routed to a call centre in Miami.

Cayman Crime Stoppers was formed in 1993 by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce to provide a vital service, which helps protect the community from crime.  Working in close partnership with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), the Cayman Islands community and the Cayman Islands media, Cayman Crime Stoppers has become one of the most effective crime solving tools available to local law enforcement.

Why would I use Cayman Crime Stoppers?

As previously mentioned, Crime Stoppers is a worldwide service used to prevent and fight crime. This shows us that contacting the police with sensitive information is not just something that people in the Cayman Islands may have an apprehension about. Cayman Crime Stoppers provides you with an anonymous way to give information to the police without fear of your identity being revealed. You will not have to meet a police officer, you will not have to give a statement, and you will not have to give your name. You can rest assured that you have done your part to fight crime in your neighbourhood, district and country.

What happens if I don’t use Cayman Crime Stoppers?

If information about crime is not shared, the likelihood is that the crime will continue to happen. Providing information to Cayman Crime Stoppers may help an investigation. That one piece of information you have may lead to a crime puzzle being solved. No information is discarded. All information is looked in to and when able, it is acted upon. Some crimes are nuisance crimes while others are violent in nature. The one thing is constant with Crime. A victim of crime has their life impacted.

How do I know Cayman Crime Stoppers won’t reveal my identity?

If you make a call to provide information about a Crime, your call is not directed to a ‘phone number in the Cayman Islands. Your call is routed to a Crime Stoppers Call Centre in Miami. Your Caller Line Identity is not revealed. You will not be asked for your name. It is very unlikely the person answering your call will know you, your voice, the road or business names you mention or the person you are calling about.

They will simply collect all the information you give, collate it in a report and send it to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service who will act upon it.  You can also send your information using an online submission form.

How do I get a Crime Stoppers Reward?

You will be given a code number when you submit a tip.  You can call back later and provide your code number to find out if you are eligible for a reward. You do not have to be met in person to receive your reward. You also don’t have to go to a bank and collect it. You can arrange to have your reward given to a trusted friend or family member. You may also wish to have it left at a certain location that only you know about. Cayman Crime Stoppers does not want to know who you are; we simply want to help prevent crime and help fight crime.

Did you learn more about Cayman Crime Stoppers from reading this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay Safe When You Buy On-Line at Christmas

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Financial Crimes Unit is advising the public to beware of certain financial scams, namely card skimming and online scams, that become more frequent due to the increase in financial activity, and especially online purchasing, during the holiday period.  It is important for the public to be on the alert when conducting some routine financial transactions.

 

Card Skimming

Card skimming is the practice of fraudulently gathering ATM card and PIN data through devices designed to look like a genuine ATM interfaces and affixed to the surface of ATM terminals.  Devices used in this fraudulent activity are now quite sophisticated and appear legitimate to the untrained eye. If there is something suspicious or unusual about the ATM you are using, do not use it and call your bank.  Similarly, if for any reason your card has trouble being inserted or read by the machine, don’t continue inserting it into the machine.  Notify your bank.

Online Scams

The public should be suspicious of any banking instructions received over email purporting to be from banking institutions.  The FCU has seen an increase in wire transfers and other banking activity as of late initiated on the basis of fraudulent instructions (“phishing” emails). Members of the public should always treat such communications carefully and should call the bank to verify the instructions received.

 

“Phishing” emails have evolved and become more sophisticated, and can now include emails from the personal email address of a friend or acquaintance, if their email has been compromised.  Therefore the public should avoid sending personal financial or other information by email in all instances.

 

Other tips to avoid email scams:

  • Do not click on links within emails that ask for personal or financial information. Hackers can retrieve information from your computer in various ways, including accessing stored information and monitoring keystrokes.
  • If you receive any emails from senders whom you don’t know, do not open them, but delete them.
  • You may receive an email message informing you that you have won the lottery. If you get a message informing you that you have won a contest you did not enter, the message is a scam.

Anyone aware of the activities described above as of late should notify the Financial Crimes Unit at 949-8797 or RCIPS.FCU@rcips.ky.

Submit a Tip Online

Click here to go to our secure web portal for submitting a tip online.

The sooner tips are received after a crime, the better the chances are of a quick arrest.

Names, descriptions, locations, vehicle licences, etc. are all very import to assist with identifying the suspect(s).

Provide as much information as you can on the form and then click the button to submit your tip.

Do not provide any information to identify yourself.  Just tell us what you know, not who you are.