Welcome to VZ County Crime Stoppers
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit community partnership that works with local law enforcement agencies to solve and reduce crimes within the entire county. Crime Stoppers provides an anonymous means for citizens to report crimes or the whereabouts of fugitives.
Through the tip line (903.567.7867) or submitting a form on this site, crimes can be reported, anonymously, resulting in a cash reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to arrest. Crime Stoppers is a proven crime reduction tool funded entirely through public donations and fund raising. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent directly to Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers, PO Box 961, Canton, TX 75103.
When a citizen with information about a crime calls Crime Stoppers, anonymity is assured by a special identifying system. No one ever knows the caller’s identity. If the tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller receives a cash reward.
A volunteer Board of Directors made up of local citizens oversees Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers and approves rewards. Citizens are encouraged to attend Crime Stopper meetings, open to the public, on the second Monday each month (except holidays) at 7 p.m. at the Van Zandt County Criminal Justice Center on State Route 64 in Canton.
A message from Grand Saline Assistant Police Chief, Leslie Lehmann, burglary cases are on the rise in and around the City of Grand Saline. With the holidays approaching Lehmann is advising residents to take extra precautions to protect their property from thieves. Some things you can do:
Back doors are a popular entry point for thieves, because they offer concealment from the street and owners frequently leave them unlocked. It is important to keep your doors well lighted and install deadbolts. Sliding glass doors can be secured by placing a wood rod on the inside track to hold the door closed. Make sure your doors are closed and locked when you are away, even if it is for a quick trip to the store.
Thieves frequently cruise the streets looking for items that they can snatch and grab. Keep your possessions at the rear of your home, out of view from the street. Place them in a locked storage building or secure them with a chain and a lock.
Street lights are another important crime deterrent for your neighborhood, but your home should be well lighted. Porch lights and motion-sensitive lighting are recommended. Thieves like to work in the cover of darkness.
Garage doors are another frequent entry point for thieves. Don’t rely on the electric garage door opener as your security measure. When you are leaving, take a few seconds to watch the door close completely.
Talk to your neighbors about your concern about burglary. Ask them to report any suspicious persons or activities around your home to your law enforcement agency. Watchful neighbors are one of the key elements in detecting and reporting unusual activity, and preventing theft.
Get into the habit of locking your vehicle every time you exit it. Items left in an unlocked vehicle are easy pickin’s for thieves, even when your vehicle is parked in your own driveway.
When you go shopping, place your packages in the trunk of your car. In SUV’s, insure your items are covered so they cannot be seen.
If you go on vacation or will be out of town for the holidays, secure all doors and windows, pet entrances and garage doors. Stop the mail and newspaper deliveries, or ask a neighbor to collect them for you while you are away. Place timers on indoor and outdoor lighting to create the illusion that you are at home. Have trusted friends or neighbors check your home each day. Never indicate on your phone answering machine or facebook page that you out of town.
Home burglary and theft from vehicles are highest during the Christmas gift giving season. Don’t let thieves steal your holiday joy. Take extra precautions to secure your home and vehicle. Watch out for your neighbor, you never know when they can return the favor. Report suspicious persons and activities to your local law enforcement agency. If you know something about a crime and want to remain anonymous, call Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers at 903-567-7867. We pay cash rewards for crime tips, when it leads to an arrest.
>>>>>>>>>>>> Safety Alerts <<<<<<<<<<<<
NOW HEAR THIS... We need to be smart about our surroundings in day to day activities. NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID!!
* Risk of leave your car in the long-term parking while away or some type of sports event, gives thieves opportunity to break into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment or GPS device, they could drive the car to your home and robbed it. So if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, GPS device, nor your remote garage door opener.
Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in
it... Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still
find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live
if your GPS were stolen.
This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.
* Cell Phones
A lady’s handbag was stolen which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. She had the lists her names on her cell phone in her handbag and 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says “I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.” When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.
The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the
contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had
withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of the lesson:
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your
contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart,
Dad, Mom, etc....
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through
texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them
somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
* Purse in the grocery cart scam
Ladies while grocery-shopping at a local mall do not leaves your purse sitting in
the children's seat of the cart without your eyes on at all times. With your back turned as she reaches out for something off the shelf; they reach over and take the wallet, cell phone or the whole purse.
We need to be smart about our surroundings in day to day activities.
VZC Crime Stoppers OKs $1,400 in Rewards for Tips in Recent Drug Cases, Outstanding Warrants
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers has authorized $1,400 in rewards for tips that led to the recent arrests of six people, four of them on drug-related charges.
The largest single reward, $400, was for a tip about a Canton man selling crack cocaine. He was subsequently arrested and charged with manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance, as well as a parole violation.
Other rewards were approved for tips about:
•An illicit sale of the synthetic drug K2 in Canton, in which two people were arrested with about $1,000 worth of the drug.
•A drug house in Canton, in which a Canton man was arrested.
•A probation violation warrant for a Van Zandt County man who was arrested at his place of employment in Emory.
•A series of warrants, including for forgery, for a former Wills Point woman who was arrested in Carroll, in Smith County.
"This was a good round of rewards for our latest anonymous tip providers," said Andy Flowers, president of Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers. "We are also seeing people now taking advantage of the ability to submit tips online at our website, in addition to calling us at 903-567-STOP (567-7867)."
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers recently revamped its website, vanzandtcrimestoppers.org, and tipsters can now submit tips online, from mobile devices or computers. There is a special tip submission form at the site that can be filled out and submitted, completely anonymously.
Once the person submits an online tip, he or she gets a special code number. Later, once an arrest has been made and once Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers has approved a reward, the tipster will call the usual telephone number – 903-567-STOP (567-7867) to get the additional reward code information needed to pick up their cash reward at a local bank.
Crime Stoppers gives out cash rewards of up to $1,000 to encourage anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of a criminal offender who has either just committed a crime or is wanted on a warrant. The rewards are financed by criminal court fines and donations. More information about Crime Stoppers is available at vanzandtcrimestoppers.org or on Facebook.