Time for Crime to Decline

Violent crimes and property crimes declined across the United States in 2011, according to recent data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). An overall decline of crime across the nation is great news. On the other hand, particular cities and regions of the U.S. are running rampant with illegal activity and exploding with crime at a alarming rate. There are approximately 2,300 crimes occurring in Berks County alone every month, and unfortunately, over 1,160 of those crimes remain unsolved.  It’s time for crime to decline!

Believe it or not, there are ways we can help to keep our county safer: by being informed and utilizing the resources and programs available in our region. One of those valuable programs is Crime Alert Berks County. Crime Alert Berks County is a non-profit organization, which works in conjunction with local law enforcement, dedicated to making the streets in Berks County safer by fighting to help solve crime. This group has been in operation for 14 years and is run completely by volunteer efforts. This program allows you to report crimes while protecting your identity by remaining anonymous. If you happen to witness a crime or have a tip about illegal activity, all you have to do is call 1-877-373-9913 and share this information. You will be given a code number. After you hear about an arrest in the news for that particular crime, you call back with that code number in order to receive a cash reward.

As of this date, over 500 arrests have been made, and more than $300,000 has been paid out in reward money. All the time and effort the volunteers put into running Crime Alert Berks County is to be commended. The sacrifices of citizens operating this program and the callers using the tip line are working together to make Berks a better and safer home for all of us. So, if you do happen to witness a crime, please call Crime Alert Berks County Tip-line – you could receive an award or even save a life!

*For crime prevention tips, scams to be aware of, and other useful information to help crime to decline, please visit: www.alertberks.org, www.crimemapping.com, and www.fbi.gov/scams-safety.
Sources: Crime Alert Berks County; FBI