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Crime Stoppers

Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers is a program separate from the emergency telephone number system that allows a member of the community to provide anonymous information about criminal activity.

The program allows a person to provide crime solving assistance to the authorities without being directly involved in the investigation process. That person could also be eligible for a reward if the reported information results in an arrest. Crime Stopper programs are operated in many communities worldwide.

How the Program Works

  1. The first step begins when a concerned citizen makes an anonymous telephone call to Crime Stoppers by calling (828) 255-5050. The coordinator takes the information offered and obtains the individual's date of birth.
  2. Information obtained by the Crime Stoppers coordinator will be forwarded to the appropriate agency and division.
  3. The board will vote on the dollar amount to be awarded to the anonymous person when an arrest has been made based on the caller's tips.
  4. When the caller contacts Crime Stoppers to check on the status of his/her file, the coordinator will inform him/her of the arrest and the reward money. The coordinator will get a physical description of the caller and will give him/her a receipt number to use to receive the cash. A time and place to meet a board member will be set-up.
  5. The caller and board member will meet in the designated place. The caller will then be asked to write their receipt number on the paper and will receive the cash reward.

Locate & Contact

Crime Stoppers


Natalie Bailey
Public Relations Manager
P: (828) 250-4469

Sheriff's Department
60 Court Plaza, 4th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.