The Pekin Police Department is part of the Greater Peoria Area Crime Stoppers Program. This is a successful program in which $10.00 in stolen property is recovered for every $1.00 paid out in rewards.
Callers remain anonymous and can give information to either the Peoria or Pekin number. Felony crime re-enactments are put on radio and television and people are given cash rewards if the information they provide leads to an arrest and indictment. The Crime of the Week is a major or felony crime with few leads that is re-enacted on television with the hope that someone will come forward with information that may assist in solving the crime.
Since the inception of Crime Stoppers (May, 1982) the program has solved over 3,000 cases, which has led to over 3,600 arrests. We have recovered more than $1,950,000 worth of stolen property, and taken $1,300,000.00 in illegal narcotics off the streets. As of 2009, the Greater Peoria Area Crime Stoppers has paid out more than $380,000 in rewards.
In addition to being the most cost effective, anti-crime tool in existence, the program doesn't cost the taxpayer. All of the rewards paid to tipsters are donated from business, service clubs and concerned citizens. The Pekin program belongs to Crime Stoppers USA, and is a member of Crime Stoppers International as well as the Illinois State Crime Stopper Association.
The Greater Peoria Crime Stoppers has two telephone numbers:
- Peoria Area: (309) 673-9000
- Online: www.peoriaareacrimestoppers.com (Submit your tip via the Internet and still remain anonymous)
- Text Tips: Send your message to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter GPCS and the beginning of your message.
All Internet and text tips are completely anonymous, and unable to be traced. The systems are routed through Canadian servers, and stripped of all identifications prior to being routed to the United States, and subsequently the local Crime Stopper Program.
Detective Mike Eeten, the coordinator, can be reached at 309-478-5312