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University Crime Stoppers Program Starts at CSUSM

University Crime Stoppers Program Starts at CSUSM This is the first partnership of its kind established with a university in San Diego County aimed at reducing crime on campus. University Crime Stoppers is a program that provides students with an avenue to anonymously report crime.  Students can call the University Crime Stoppers tip line number, 888-580-TIPS, toll-free, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  Tips can also be made online at www.sdcrimestoppers.com or by text to CRIMES (274637) text “TIPS 409” at the beginning of the message.  Tips reported to University Crime Stoppers are turned over to the University Police Department for investigation.  Students can receive a monetary reward, of up to $1,000, for a tip that leads to an arrest or disciplinary action.“The University Police Department is pleased to be partnering up with Crime Stoppers,” commented Police Chief Ronald Hackenberg.  “CSUSM has a reputation for having one of the lowest crime rates in the CSU system.  This is an opportunity to continue our success and be proactive about the prevention of future crimes. Keeping our campus a safe environment for the pursuit of academic excellence is our top priority.”According to Sally Cox, executive director of Crime Stoppers, “Campus Crime Stoppers is an effective program because it allows students to report crime without the fear of retaliation or concerns about calling attention to themselves.  Each and every case we are involved is important.  Students deserve to be free from drugs, weapons, and dangerous activity at school.”