A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 24, 2005
Crime Stoppers (577-TIPS); 267-RAPE; 374-DRUG; NYC-SAFE; COP-SHOT & more
"Crime Stoppers" began in the 1980s to fight crime. Crimes were re-enacted and publicized in the media, and a tips line (577-TIPS) was set up. People who gave helpful tips were rewarded. The "Crime Stopper" program followed the "Crime Solver" program that had already been used in other cities.

577-TIPS is still going strong, and the amounts rewarded for tips has increased significantly.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/phone.html
IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Emergencies 911
In the event you receive a busy signal while attempting to call 911, contact your local precinct. Locate precincts and telephone numbers below.

Non-Emergencies 311
Crime Stoppers
1-800-577-TIPS

Crime Stoppers (Spanish)
1-888-57-PISTA

Cop Shot
1-800-COP-SHOT

Missing Persons Case Status
1-646-610-6914

Operation Gun Stop
1-866-GUNSTOP

Organized Crime Control Bureau
1-888-374-DRUG

Sex Crimes Report Line
1-212-267-RAPE

http://www.findnyc.com/info/phone_numbers/police.shtml
In an EMERGENCY dial 911 unless otherwise noted!
Terror Hotline 1-888-NYC-SAFE (1-888-692-7233)
Crime Stoppers 1-800-577-TIPS
Crime Stoppers (Spanish) 1-888-57-PISTA
Cop Shot 1-800-COP-SHOT
Quality-of-Life Hotline 1-888-677-LIFE
Missing Persons Case Status 1-646-610-6914
Operation Gun Stop 1-866-GUNSTOP (1-866-486-7867)
Organized Crime Control Bureau Drug line 1-888-374-DRUG
Sex Crimes Report Line 1-212-267-RAPE

http://www.nycpolicefoundation.org/crimestoppers.asp
Crime Stoppers

HOW IT WORKS

You don't have to reveal your identity to help stop crime. Anyone with important information about a violent crime in New York City can call 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish speakers, 1-888-57-PISTA, to provide information anonymously. The New York City Police Department has a special Crime Stoppers Unit to operate the hotline and track down felons identified through it. Although callers are not asked their name, they do receive a code number to be eligible to collect a reward of up to $2,000 anonymously.

Crime Stoppers is one of the best examples of a successful public-private partnership. With the public's help, it has solved nearly 4,000 violent crimes including some of the city's most violent and high-profile cases. The Police Foundation's role is to fund and distribute the rewards, coordinate efforts to raise public awareness of Crime Stoppers and seek and accept donations to support the program.

MEDIA SUPPORT

You probably have seen Crime Stoppers on television, in the newspapers or on subway posters encouraging people to call 1-800-577-TIPS. There is a strong link between public awareness of Crime Stoppers and the program's success. The cooperation of the news media illustrates just how well the public-partnership works. For example, television station broadcasting the tips hotline during news broadcasts and public service announcements and newspapers featuring "most wanted lists" have been especially helpful in informing the public of Crime Stoppers.

RECENT SUCCESSES

1000 murderers captured
1400 robberies and burglaries solved
1600 rapists and other violent felons apprehended
$15.5 million in illicit drugs seized
$3.9 million in stolen property recovered
$1.1 million recommended for rewards

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The annual cost of Crime Stoppers is $200,000. To ensure the anonymity of callers and maintain rewards, Crime Stoppers cannot be funded through traditional police resources. You can help with a tax-deductible contribution to the "Fund-A-Month" campaign and underwrite the cost of each month's rewards, which averages $5,000. However, all donations are welcomed. Private funding from individuals, corporations and foundations helps assure that criminals get the message - Crime doesn't pay, Crime Stoppers does!

http://www.nycpolicefoundation.org/nypd.asp
Become the Eyes and Ears of the NYPD: Keep NYC Safe

1-888-NYC-SAFE (692-7233) helps the NYPD fight terrorism. All calls are kept confidential.

Remove Illegal Handguns From Our Streets

1-866-GUN-STOP (486-7867) for information leading to the arrest of anyone who possesses an illegal handgun. Remember, you don't have to leave your name and can earn up to a $1,000 reward.

Report Chronic Quality of Life Conditions

1-888-677-LIFE operates 24-hours a day to report such problems as:

Squeegee men who congregate at the same intersection

Aggressive panhandlers

Loiterers at ATMs

Illegal dumping
People creating permanent living spaces in public areas

Street prostitution, as well as any other non-emergency conditions which contributes to a negative quality of life in our city.

2 December 1980, Washington Post, pg. A1:
CRIME SOLVERS
Area Police Department Payments to Informants Receive Mixed Reviews
By Sandra G. Boodman
(...)
Called "Crime Solvers," the widely publicized program - in which informants are supposed to help solve a police department's "Crime of the Week" - is hailed by police officers responsible for its administration in Fairfax, Prince George's and Montgomery counties, the three jurisdictions where it is in effect.

16 April 1983, New York Times, pg. L27:
City Considers
A TV Program
To Help Police

Re-enactment of Crimes
Would Seek Tips
By DEIRDRE CARMODY
(...)
The program, known as Crime Stoppers, has been used, apparently effectively, in more than 320 cities in the United States and Canada. Although the format is modified from city to city, it generally works this way:

The police select from their files an unsolved "Crime of the Week" in which all leads have been exhausted. The details are given to local television stations and, in many cities, local newspapers and radio stations. The television stations then select actors and re-enact the crime, usually at the site. Viewers with any information about the crime are urged to call a special number with the assurance that their anonymity will be protected.

17 July 1983, New York Times, pg. A36:
TV Program Hoping to Enlist
Public in Fight Against Crimes
By LEONARD BUDER
(...)
Commissioner McGuire said 20 detectives under the supervision of a sergeant and a lieutenant would be assigned to answer calls from the public to a special police number, 577-TIPS.

6 June 1986, New York Times, "Crime Program Hits a Milestone in Robbery Case," pg. B6:
The police recommend "crimes of the week" to WABC-TV, WMCA radio and local newspapers, including The New York Post. THe stations and newspapers reconstruct the crimes, and witnesses, assured anonymity, can call into a special police number - 577-TIPS - with their information. They receive awards of up to $500 if their information leads to an arrest.

22 November 1986, New York Times, "Hunt Grows for Suspect in Shootout" by Robert D. McFadden, pg. 33:
A $10,000 reward was posted by an organization known as Citizens Outraged at Police Shootings, which urged the public to call (212) COP-SHOT with confidential information. A $5,000 reward was offered by the Detectives Endowment Association. The Police Department hotline for the case is (212) 583-0144.

(Trademark)
Word Mark CRIME SOLVERS
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 042. US 100. G & S: PROMOTING THE COMMUNITY WELFARE BY MOTIVATING THE CITIZENS TO ASSIST THE POLICE IN THE APPREHENSION AND CONVICTION OF CRIMINALS. FIRST USE: 19781106. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19781106
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 020101 020102 020116 020132
Serial Number 73516564
Filing Date January 7, 1985
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition August 27, 1985
Registration Number 1369550
Registration Date November 5, 1985
Owner (REGISTRANT) CRIME SOLVERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY MARYLAND, INC. CORPORATION MARYLAND HEADQUARTERS, MONGOMERY CO. POLICE DEPT. 2350 RESEARCH BLVD. ROCKVILLE MARYLAND 20850
Attorney of Record HAMILTON H. BOYKIN
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "CRIME SOLVERS" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date April 23, 1992

(Trademark)
Word Mark "CRIME SOLVERS"
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: To be used to promote the Community welfare by motivating the citizens to assist police in the apprehension and indictment of criminals To be used on bumper stickers, litter bags, refrigerator magnets, rulers, pencils, letter openers and other promotional materials. FIRST USE: 19800107. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19800107
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 76426047
Filing Date June 28, 2002
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) Prince Georges County Crime Solvers, Inc. CORPORATION MARYLAND 7600 Barlowe Road Landover MARYLAND 207854122
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date June 5, 2003

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