Lincoln Crime Stoppers See Huge Jump in Case Solving Rate
In 2021, almost half of the cases shared by Crime Stoppers have been solved, and that’s only part of the story.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Crime Stoppers is a big help for LPD, but the amount of help the program lends is surprising. There has been a year-over-year increase in the percentage of solved cases shared by Crime Stoppers, and 2021 has been among the best. 41% of the cases they posted were resolved. Jared Minary, LPD forensic video technician, says that kind of stat “is really astronomically high when you’re talking about law enforcement.”
Minary explains that the average law enforcement entity “would expect a solve rate of around twenty percent to be considered a good solve rate”, so you get an idea of the importance advice received by Crime Stoppers.
It helps that the cases they share have some form of evidence, usually the photos and videos we show on air. These images are only getting better, both in quality and quantity.
“Even in times when we see people wearing masks everywhere they go,” Minary says. “We still see a lot of these cases being solved because we get such good information from these videos.”
The success of Lincoln Crime Stoppers goes beyond the cases they share, however, with anonymous tips bringing big results.
“Someone just called and said, ‘Hey, this guy named Christopher Gray is selling drugs and that led to a major narcotics investigation through our narcotics unit,'” Minary explains. “At the end of the day, they made a mass arrest over it, so they were basically arrested on 15 counts.”
Investigators found pounds of drugs, thousands of pills and four guns, among other things. This was all taken care of with a tip. Remember that tip can make you money, but it seems like most people don’t care.
Minary says, “We received $5,000 in tip rewards, and only $850 of that amount was recovered. So the people who tip don’t do it for the money. They do it because they want Lincoln to be a better place.