Crimestoppers offers new tip methods

Beginning April 1, Hamilton County citizens will have new ways to submit anonymous tips to local law enforcement.

Hamilton County Crimestoppers has partnered with Anderson Software to utilize their latest anonymous tip acquisition and management solution called P3 Intel. This new crime tip software will replace the aging TipSoft system, and P3 Intel is now being widely used by law enforcement agencies and Crimestoppers groups nationwide.

Starting Monday, officials said there are the three ways you can submit a tip to Hamilton County Crimestoppers:

• Call the local tip line at (515)-832-8437. The call will not be recorded and callers will not be asked to identify themselves at any time. Anonymity is guaranteed. When placing the call, tipsters will be given a tip ID#, which will be used to collect a reward if the tip leads to an arrest.

• Go online to, and follow the directions to submit the tip. When submitting a tip, a computer generated ID# and password will be given which will allow tipsters to submit additional information and even engage in a dialog with law enforcement–all with complete anonymity. Anderson Software’s sophisticated encryption processes obscure any and all […]

Jerry Goebel State Farm Insurance sponsors TipSoft

The Hamilton County Crimestoppers recently received a $1500 donation from Jerry Goebel State Farm Insurance to sponsor their TipSoft program. TipSoft is an electronic service that allows tipsters to remain completely anonymous when submitting information to local law enforcement.

“We decided to sponsor the TipSoft program because we could not think of a better group, or be prouder than to partner with local law enforcement, so they can continue keeping the citizens of Hamilton county safe. We feel the Tipsoft program is a great way to make positive change in Hamilton County,” said Goebel. “We have always felt a strong sense of community involvement and, quite frankly, felt there was not a better way to be a “good neighbor.”

The Tipsoft software is installed at the Webster City Police Department. They monitor and share information with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Ellsworth-Jewell-Randall Police Department when applicable to their jurisdictions.

Since the anonymous tip service’s inception in April 2011, 554 electronic tips have led to 1,978 further anonymous communications between Hamilton County law enforcement agencies and tipsters resulting in 130 arrests.

The first year’s subscription […]

Noon Kiwanis Club donates to Crimestoppers

Photo courtesy of the Daily Freeman Journal

The Noon Kiwanis Club recently donated $600 to Hamilton County Crimestoppers. Since 2012 Hamilton County Crimestoppers tips have resulted in 110 people arrested, over $5,000 in rewards being paid, and 411 tips generated by TipSoft, which is completely anonymous. Crimestoppers is conducting its bi-yearly fundraising effort and contributions can be mailed to Crimestoppers, PO Box 315, Webster City, IA 50595, or contact any Crimestoppers member. Shown are Craig Blaufuss, Kiwanis Treasurer Troy Thilges, Mary Harris, and Darlene Dingman.

New TipSoft sponsors announced

Photo courtesy of Daily Freeman Journal

Thank you to Town & Country Insurance and IMT Insurance Group for sponsoring the TipSoft program for the Hamilton County Crime Stoppers beginning August 1, 2017.

This morning Town & Country Insurance and IMT Insurance Group employees presented the Hamilton County Crimestoppers Board with a check for their sponsorship. We value their dedication to assisting local law enforcement in keeping our communities safe for everyone.

Crime Stoppers mark 4 years

97 individuals apprehended; $4,350 in rewards paid

Anne Blankenship (ablankenship@freemanjournal.netThe Daily Freeman Journal


Members of the Crimestoppers board include: from the left, EJS Police Chief Steve Butler, Webster City Police Chief Shiloh Mork, Darlene Dingman, Mary Harris, Terry Christensen, Alice Heinrich, Kathy Getting, Dalene Schlitter, Darcy Swon and Rev. Craig Blaufuss.

In its first few years of existence, the Hamilton County Crimestoppers have logged an impressive record.

Thanks to tips from local citizens, 97 individuals have been apprehended and $4,350 in reward money has been awarded for those tips.

The organization publishes a Most Wanted poster which features individuals wanted on a variety of charges. The posters offer photos of the individuals, the charges and the amount of the reward for information.

The Crimestoppers organization is comprised of volunteers from all across Hamilton County. Funds raised by the organization are primarily used to pay tipsters for information leading to the apprehension of suspects with outstanding warrants, according to Crime Stoppers board President Terry Christensen.

“All funds raised stay in […]