Durangoís Crime Stoppers program, established in April 1978, was the first in Colorado. It is among nearly 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in the United States that evolved from the original program started in 1976 by concerned residents in Albuquerque.
Everyone is affected by crime, and the cost of crime to people and society is high. Be it burglary, a stolen car or an assault, we all have to pay. Insurance premiums, replacement cars or goods and emotional and physical pain are just some of the costs incurred.
January is Crime Stoppers Month. Show your support of our community crime-fighting organization with donations to the reward fund and tips.
We all want to live in a community free of crime. You can do something about it, and thatís where the Durango-La Plata Crime Stoppers can help. Information you have may help solve a crime or prevent one from occurring. It could be the piece of a puzzle that police are looking for, or it could be new information that police are unaware of. It does not matter how trivial you may think it is, it might be important to an investigation.
In 2012, Crime Stoppers received 103 tips from residents and paid $2,725 for tips that led to arrests and resolution of cases. Some of these cases were drug-related, and many of them were tips that led to the capture of fugitives. Some of the more notable arrests were of fugitives wanted on felony warrants for car break-ins, identity theft and burglary. One fugitive was arrested for several felony warrants from another state. All of these tips helped law enforcement make our community safer.
Crime Stoppers is now offering a $30,450 reward for information leading to the whereabouts or arrest of the person or people involved in the disappearance of Dylan Redwine, a 13-year-old boy missing from Vallecito Lake since Nov. 19, 2012.
Remember, if you see something or hear something, say something. Call Crime Stoppers. Together, we can make a difference.
Lt. Ray Shupe is assistant operations division commander with the Durango Police Department.