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Crime Stoppers

Heartland Crime Stoppers

Working together to solve crime

Heartland Crime Stoppers provides anonymous cash rewards for information regarding crimes occurring in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.  Working hand and hand with local law enforcement agencies, the organization strives to solve with your assistance.

If you have information regarding a crime and wish to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers in one of four ways:

  • CALL 1-800-226 TIPS (8477)
  • DIAL **TIPS from your cell phone
  • VISIT the website and click on "Submit A Tip,"
  • DOWNLOAD the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.

You will always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.  

Your information will be forwarded to law enforcement for follow up. If an arrest is made based on your tip, you are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

To follow up on a tip, click on the "Web Tip Follow-up" tab, enter your tip number and password.

Click here to learn more about the Heartland Crime Stoppers Program.

Below are the Polk County Sheriff's Office crimes submitted to Heartland Crime Stoppers for solving.

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Sep 15, 2022
Polk County Sheriff's detectives are seeking the ide... More Info
Sep 12, 2022
Polk County Sheriff's detectives are seeking the ide... More Info
Sep 12, 2022
We need your help in a hit-and-run investigation tha... More Info
Sep 11, 2022
Thanks to NUMEROU... More Info
Sep 10, 2022
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking informat... More Info
Sep 10, 2022
Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office are... More Info
Sep 9, 2022
Polk County Sheriff's detectives are looking for&nbs... More Info
Sep 8, 2022
On September 8th, at about 11:15 pm, a trailer theft... More Info
Sep 7, 2022
The man in these photos is being sought by the Polk ... More Info
Sep 7, 2022
Kangaroo Express, 2100 W Memorial Blvd Lakeland thef... More Info
Sep 5, 2022
On Friday morning, September 2nd, gunshots were fire... More Info
Aug 29, 2022
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a ... More Info
Aug 27, 2022
UPDATE - August 31, 2022: Charles Pitts has been cap... More Info
Aug 22, 2022
On Monday, August 22, 2022 at about 2:40 p.m., an un... More Info
Aug 21, 2022
On August 21, 2022 at around 1:30 p.m. the man in th... More Info
Aug 19, 2022
Several car burglaries occurred in the Mt. Olive Roa... More Info
Aug 19, 2022
A Polk County Sheriff's Office detective is looking ... More Info
Aug 18, 2022
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking informat... More Info
Aug 16, 2022
***UPDATE: AUGUST 26th***
Both men have been i... More Info

Crime Stoppers FAQ

Heartland Crime Stoppers is a community-based program designed to help law enforcement solve crime with a system allowing the public to send in tips anonymously and receive cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest or indictment. It is an anonymous hotline to report crime-related information in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties. Tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for rewards of up to $3,000.

It's simple. Callers are urged to call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) with information on any crime, or a wanted suspect. Heartland Crime Stoppers cases are featured on television, radio, and in newspapers. Callers are issued code numbers and remain anonymous - guaranteed.

It is operated by an independent citizen-directed Board of Directors. They are civic-minded leaders in their communities who are dedicated to helping law enforcement solve crime in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties.

All of them within the three counties. The program coordinator works for the Sheriff's Office. All of the local police departments exchange information regarding Heartland Crime Stoppers cases and tips received. Other state and federal law enforcement agencies also support and are aided by the program.

Any person who directly contacts Heartland Crime Stoppers and gives information that leads to the arrest or indictment of an adult or juvenile, or leads to the arrest of a wanted suspect, will be eligible for a reward. Persons not eligible for a reward are any commissioned law enforcement officer and members of his or her immediate family; the perpetrator or co-perpetrator of the crime; the victim of the crime; or the fugitive from justice.

Heartland Crime Stoppers is solely funded through donations and receives zero direct tax dollars. Citizens and local businesses contribute to this program's success.

Absolutely. Check out these numbers:

In Florida alone, since the Heartland Crime Stoppers inception in the mid 1980's:
14,051 arrests have been made; 31,682 cases have been closed; $64,218,325 in stolen property has been recovered; and $379,851,333 worth of narcotics have been seized.

All of this was accomplished by an average reward payment-per-case solved of $54.89. Nationally, since 1976 when the program was started in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over 425,000 major crimes have been solved; over 75,000 criminals have been put behind bars; and $2.9 billion of stolen property and narcotics have been recovered.