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Crime Stoppers raises maximum reward level

WICHITA, Kansas - Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County today announced the organization's advisory committee has voted to increase the maximum amount of rewards it pays from up to $1,000 to up to $2,500.  
 
"The Crime Stoppers policy of paying rewards of up to $1,000 began when the organization was founded in in June, 1980," said Wichita Crime Commission executive director Gordon Bassham.  Crime Stoppers is a division of the non-profit Crime Commission.
 
"After completing a study of other Crime Stoppers organizations around the country, the advisory committee voted at its October meeting to increase the maximum amount of rewards paid for information on felony crimes."  
 
Bassham said the first crime eligible for the higher reward is the homicide that occurred in Wichita's Old Town district on September, 22, 2013.  In that incident, gunfire left one person dead and several others injured, according to Wichita Police.
 
Anyone with information about this or any felony crime should call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 to leave a tip.  
 
Tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers via cell phone text messages by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with TIP217.  
 
In addition, tips can be submitted on the Crime Stoppers website at www.wsccs.com.  
 
In order to claim their reward, tipsters must remain anonymous, and keep and protect the individual secret tip number they received when they first reported their tip.  Crime Stoppers uses that number to identify the tipster since tipsters are always anonymous.  Rewards are paid based only on the secret number and not by any other method of identification.
 

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