Reward of $25,000 is bringing in more homicide tips, Kansas City police chief says

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Multiple homicides in the Kansas City area have been solved recently, according to KCPD’s chief, and it’s all thanks to a couple of anonymous tips, which were each granted the massive reward of $25,000.

According to numbers from Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers,  there have been 58 tips submitted on Kansas City homicides.

Compared to the prior month (May 20 – June 20, 2019), which saw a submission of only 23 homicide tips, submissions are up more than 150 percent.

But this new reward increase isn’t just benefiting Kansas City, Missouri.

KC Police Chief Rick Smith said on his blog the whole metropolitan area has seen a huge increase as well. Homicide tips (including those from KCMO) went from 39 to 87, a month-to-month increase of 123 percent.

The Kansas City Police Department is hoping that the $25,000 reward will create fear of being turned in so that people will think twice about bringing a firearm or a weapon to rob someone or solve a dispute.

The numbers are already showing that people are a lot more willing to share any information they may know in exchange of the cash reward.

Smith also said that they are working very hard on the street-level to ensure that every single person affected by violent crime knows about the $25,000 reward.

“Working with the community, we can bring justice for those already impacted by homicide and prevent future killings,” Smith added.

If you have a tip about a homicide, you can call 816-474-TIPS. You can remain completely anonymous.

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