McPherson County Crimestoppers is asking for your help, but not in the way it normally does.
McPherson County Crimestoppers, Inc., was founded in 1986 to help bring a Crimestoppers to McPherson County by soliciting funds. Recent years have seen an influx of calls and that has taxed the organization's resources, to the point it may be in danger of running out of funds in the near future.
According to Crimestoppers board member Jack Rader, the fund isn't drying up in the immediate future, and in fact they may have enough funds for another three to five years, but they do need to start planning ahead for the eventuality.
"We want people to know that Crimestoppers is alive and well," Rader, one of nine board members and two law enforcement coordinators, said. "Crimestoppers is there to help make the community safer."
Where, intially, calls were mainly for vandalism, recent years have seen tips now focus on illegal drug activity and, in some cases, theft and even murders.
Rader said, between equipment expenses and reward payouts, Crimestoppers operates with a net loss of about a $1,000 per year.
That equipment includes the "tip soft," which allows for anonymous tips to come in even through text message or email. This is where many of the more recent years' tips have come from after a lull in calls about four years ago on the main numbers.
Crimestoppers also has seen an increased presence on social media, with a page at www.facebook.com/mcPhersoncountycrimestoppers.
Any donation is tax deductible and can be made to John Houghton, Treasurer, in care of Peoples Bank and Trust 101 South Main Street in McPherson.