Some Americans are feeling the economy crunch harder than others and have resorted to a desperate-times-call-for-desperate-measures mentality. Crime Stoppers, a program that invites tips to stop criminals in exchange for cash rewards, has seen a big jump in the number of tipsters calling with information. Sergeant Johnson has been a Crime Stoppers coordinator for 15 years and summarized the situation when he said, “People just need money." Regarding the rise in tipsters he added, “I’ve never seen an increase like it is now.”
Tipsters calling Crime Stoppers operators across the country have supported their tips with personal explanations like needing money for rent and bills. Several programs have seen more arrests because of the increase in tips, and in some cases people are faced with paying rent or getting the money by tipping off Crime Stoppers to a criminal in their own families.