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More Signage Makes It Easier To Call Crime Stoppers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville's Crime Stoppers board is always looking for new ways to advertise 74-CRIME.

It's the number to call with a tip. Now, people will see the number at major crime scenes.

Crime scene investigators now have vehicles featuring stickers advertising the Crime Stoppers number. People who call can remain anonymous and become eligible for cash rewards.

The number, 74-CRIME, is now on most of the police department's Crime Scene Investigation vehicles.

The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors paid for the signs with the hope of generating more calls to 74-CRIME.

Police hope people who are afraid to talk to police for whatever reason will see the number and call in.

"Especially in a housing development, you'll have a bunch of people 30, 40 or 50 people standing around. Somebody in that crowd knows what happened," said Metro detective Jim Lambert.

The call to Crime Stoppers is and always has been anonymous.

"We can never overemphasize the fact that when you dial this number we do not have caller ID, we do not tape record anything.  If it doesn't exist it cannot be subpoenaed to court," he said.

No names are taken. Callers are issued code numbers, and they are paid by Crime Stoppers board members who are civilians and not police officers. A sign on the back of a CSI van may seem simple, but it could help solve crimes and make Nashville neighborhoods safer places to live.

Metro police point out the only way anyone would know if you called Crime Stoppers is if you told somebody.

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