What is Capital Area
Crime Stoppers?

September 2013



The mission of Capital Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. is to assist local law enforcement in the fight against crime in the city of Austin and Travis County.

The very first Crime Stoppers program began operation on September 8, 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. By mid 1977, Albuquerque could see a significant increase in its case clearance rate of violent crimes; as well as a decrease in their rate of occurrence.

In June of 1979, Austin recognized the value of such a program. Joe Jerkins, then General Manager of KVUE-24 Television (Now KVUE Austin), approached Austin Police Chief Frank Dyson who not only supported the idea, but immediately assigned then Sgt. George Vanderhule to begin studying the program’s effectiveness in other communities. Mr. Jerkins than approached the Austin chamber of Commerce President Bill Archer, and received the Chamber’s support and endorsement.

Soon after, a civilian Crime Stoppers Board of Directors was established and Austin Crime Stoppers, Inc was chartered as a non-profit tax exempt corporation. Official operations began on October 30, 1979. Now called Capital Area Crime Stoppers to better reflect the area we serve, the program offers cash rewards and anonymity to citizens who utilize the tips hotline to report information on criminal activity. If the tip leads to an arrest, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Capital Area Crime Stoppers, Inc continues to be successful because it is a grassroots community action program involving citizens, media, and law enforcement- all working together to solve serious felony crimes. It encourages citizen involvement in making our community a safer place in which to work and live. Together we are making a difference!

The organization depends on three entities:

The Media: Our media partners are responsible for featuring the “Crime of the Week”, an exclusive feature on KVUE Austin. The “Wanted Fugitives” column is featured weekly in the Austin American Statesman. These generate valuable crime-solving tips from the public. Our media sponsors also promote special events and fundraising activities for Crime Stoppers.

Law Enforcement: Our local law enforcement is responsible for responding and investigating the tips received through the hotline, website, and text by tip. This is information that they might not have access to otherwise and can make the difference in finding the suspect.

The Community: We rely on citizens who take an active role in the safety of their neighborhood and call in with any tips or information they might have about a crime. Crime Stoppers is represented by a volunteer Board of Directors of local community leaders. They are responsible for overseeing the operation and administration of funds for the program.


Revenue Generation:
Capital Area Crime Stoppers Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) community service organization. The funds needed to operate the program are generated by individuals and corporations who want to make an investment in their community. In addition, we are involved in several fundraising events through the year, such as our annual Fight Back Austin event on KVUE Austin. Capital Area Crime Stoppers is wholly operated locally; all money raised here, stays here.


Since it began in Austin in 1979, Crime Stoppers has assisted law enforcement agencies in taking 18, 318 tips, solving 10,708 crimes, making 7,005 arrests, recovering more than $33,332,000 in stolen property and narcotics and paid over $951,000 in rewards. Each day of operation, a felony case is cleared.

Cases Cleared:

Travis County Crimes Solved as of September 2013

Burglary/ Robbery
Fugitives Captured
Assault & Sexual Assault
Other Crimes

Campus Crime Stoppers Report Card
(the campus program began in 1995)
Tips Received
Cases Cleared
Weapons Recovered

Site Sponsored By:

Capital Area Crime Stoppers, Inc.
P.O. Box 5841
Austin, TX 78768

Administrative - 512-452-5223
TIPS Hotline - 512-472-TIPS (8477) OR 1-800-893-TIPS (8477)

2000 Capital Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. - All Rights Reserved

ver 3.0 062000