Crimestoppers up in Q1 – WLDS

The Morgan, Scott, Cass Crime Stoppers started the first quarter of this year well.

Tips, arrests and cases solved saw a slight decline at the end of the first quarter of last year. Crime Stoppers coordinator Loren Hamilton says a combination of several things has seen all of these categories go up to start this year: “Due to the nature of the beast, we can’t really attribute whether the additional tips are from Cass County, Morgan County, Scott County due to anonymity. What I can tell you though is that our three new Cass County Board members started there. They tell me there’s a lot of noise in the streets about Crime Stoppers in Cass County now. I think the combination of that, our podcast and our cellphone app have all been attributed to the increase in numbers.

Hamilton says a number of people posted on the group’s Facebook page and website turned down after being introduced. He says individuals who turn themselves in are currently not something they monitor, but it helps Crime Stoppers’ main goal of solving crimes and holding criminals accountable to local justice systems.

Over $2,700 in stolen property was recovered in the first quarter. 2 cases were solved and 9 arrests were made during the same period. Hamilton says next quarter Crime Stoppers hopes to be more visible in the community again now that Covid-19 has subsided: “We will be trying our Trivia Night again which we had to postpone in January. We’re talking about scheduling a Bingo night in Beardstown. National Night Out which we plan to bring back this year in August here in Jacksonville. Getting back to meeting people face-to-face in the community is something we’re really going to be focusing on over the next few months.

The rescheduled quiz show at Bogart’s Banquet Hall in Jacksonville is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd with doors opening at 6 p.m. Team registration can be emailed to [email protected] The teams are made up of 10 people per team. The cost is $10 per person. Hamilton says he hopes the quiz night kicks off a great spring and summer for Crime Stoppers.

Mark M. Gagnon