Drive to raise money for Crime Stoppers begins in May
by Anne Marie Fuller
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Buying a car from two local dealers during the month of May will put money directly into a Tracy program that helps catch criminals.

Starting Thursday, Premier Hyundai of Tracy and Premier Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Tracy are offering a promotion in which a percentage of every sale will support Tracy Crime Stoppers. The dealerships are at 3460 and 3480 Naglee Road. Neither dealer would identify the specific percentage.

The local Crime Stoppers unit is a nonprofit organization that gives cash rewards to people who provide information that leads to arrests. Rewards range from $10 to $1,000 and money is accumulated through fundraisers and public donations.

“This is a new promotion for us,” Marshall Rose, president of Tracy Crime Stoppers, said. “A percentage from all car sales from both of the dealerships will go to Tracy Crime Stoppers. It costs about $4,000 a year to run the unit.”

Tracy Crime Stoppers also provides a safe way for local kids to report problems at school through Students Speaking Out, a program that started in May. Students can report abuse, weapons, fighting, drugs, bullying, gang activity and other issues. All reports are anonymous.

“Just last week, a tip came in about fights taking place around town and at local schools,” Rose said. “Tracy Crime Stoppers was able to get this information to the local authorities and school officials, helping deter an incident from happening on school grounds. Kids are able to report things without the fear of retaliation or being labeled a snitch through this program, and they remain anonymous.”

Students can report problems at school by calling the main tip line at 831-4847, typing a message online at www.tracycrimestoppers.com or texting TIPTPD and a message to 274637. Life-threatening situations should be reported to 911.

Deborah Pappas, community outreach director for both Premier dealerships, said the businesses give money to local charities throughout the year.

“We sponsor a different organization every month,” Pappas said. “We help promote the organization, and at the end of the month we give them a donation check.”

Pappas added that public safety is something that concerns the entire community.

“Tracy Crime Stoppers is a group that helps all of us,” she said.

The local crime stopper unit has six board members, 14 advisory members and 12 executive associate members. All are volunteer positions. The members all live or work within Tracy city limits and meet monthly at Tracy Police Department. The public is welcome at the meetings.

Tracy Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help on an attempted murder and several other crimes. Details, including pictures of suspects and reward information, can be found at www.tracycrimestoppers.com.

• Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

 
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