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      How does the Crime Stopper process work?

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Law enforcement throughout the state of South Carolina continues to push for the community's help by giving anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers. However, some wonder how the process works and how their identity can remain anonymous if the tip pans out.

      "Crime stoppers is a completely anonymous program," said Captain Chris Cowan of the Richland County Sheriffs Department. "You can call, email, or text your tip in.â??

      Cowan says tips can not be traced back keeping the tipster safe.

      Crime Stoppers started in 1982 with the sole purpose of protecting the tipster's identity, making them feel comfortable enough to come forward with information.

      Cowan says when you call crime stoppers, you get a number that's assigned to you. If you forget the number, you will not be rewarded.

      Tips which lead to an arrest become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. "We've had so many types of cases that have led to arrest, because the good people in the community are being involved and they're calling in," said Cowan.

      Cowan says between July of 2012 and June of 2013, fifteen thousand calls were made to Crime Stoppers SC.

      If there are any tips you can give to help stop crime in South Carolina, call 1-888-Crime-SC.