By Stan Welch
The White Plains Crime Watch group had visitors at their meeting last week. Three members of the Anderson Area Crime Stoppers were on hand to share information; and to encourage the White Plains group, as well as the general public, to join in the Walk With The Cops fundraiser to be held later this month.
The fundraiser is to generate money to be used in offering rewards for tips on various crimes committed in the area. On October 18, registration will take place at 8 .a.m at the Chris Taylor Memorial Park, across from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Camson Road.
The walk will begin at 9 a.m. and will follow the banks of the duck pond. This year’s walk, like the Pond itself, is named after Deputy Chris Taylor who was killed in the line of duty on December 7, 1992. His parents will be on hand.
Sponsors may pay $250 to have their company’s name and logo included on the minimum of three hundred tee shirts to be distributed to the participants that day. A minimum donation of $100 will get your name or your company’s name on the shirts. To be a sponsor, send a check for the appropriate amount, as well as a business card or letterhead including the company logo, if it is to be included.
Individuals wishing to participate should send ten dollars and include their name and Tee shirt size. Law enforcement officers will receive a free shirt, but must preregister. Checks should be received at Anderson Area Crimestoppers, P.O. Box 219, Anderson, SC 29622, by October 10.Additional donations are welcome and are tax deductible.
The procedure for providing anonymous tips, and receiving rewards anonymously as well, was explained. When you call 1-888-274-6372, the operator will give you a case number or code number. That number will be your identification from then on.
The appropriate law enforcement agency will investigate the information, and if it proves valid, will act upon it. Should you receive a reward, the bank issuing that check will issue it to that number, and will cash it with no additional identification required.
Tips can also be texted to TIPSC to CRIMES (274637).
Capt. Darrell Hill, of the ACSO, reported that during the month between August 14 and September 14, the White Plains area experienced just three violent crimes’ but also saw 101 property crimes. Those included auto theft, theft from autos, burglaries, various forms of larceny, and arson.