LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Lancaster County Crime Stoppers received 421 tips last year. The previous year, the number was 408. The recent numbers represent the fourth year in a row the numbers have increased, police said.
Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler said the increase is due in part to a strong relationship between police and the community as well as Crime Stoppers’ ability to receive tips via phone, text and web.
“(An) overwhelming majority of citizens support the police and their efforts and more importantly they support their own community,” Sadler said. “It starts the ball rolling, and literally that’s all we really need on most crimes is somebody to point us in the right direction.”
This may be part of a Midstate trend. Cumberland County, for example, was contacted 216 times in February 2014 for active suspicious activity. During the same month this year, the number rose to 252.
Additionally, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has reported success after posting photos of fugitives and other information on Facebook and Twitter.