Submitted by Emily Morgenstern, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Muskegon County, MI – The warm weather months typically see an uptick in crime across the country. This year is no different. The Muskegon County Silent Observer committee wants to remind residents that they have the power to help keep the community safe.
If you have information about people involved in local crimes, take advantage of the Silent Observer program. All tips shared are one hundred percent anonymous and could be rewarded with cash.
This high-tech program allows individuals to report crimes anonymously by calling in tips with total confidentiality. Computer software blocks cell phone numbers and computer addresses by replacing that information with confidential code numbers. When information results in an arrest, the code number can release the reward payout that can then be cashed anonymously. Silent Observer rewards range from $50 for misdemeanors up to $2,500 for more serious crimes like homicide.
The Silent Observer committee is made up of a number of non-profit organizations in the community that work in partnership with law enforcement professionals. “This privately managed system works,” says Silent Observer Committee Chair, Tom Schultz. “Over the years law enforcement has arrested serious criminals thanks to anonymous citizen participation,” states Schultz.
For more information on how you can help go to www.silentobservermuskegon.com.