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Crime Stoppers debuts new kiosk at the Lewes Ferry Terminal

(L-R) State Rep. Stephen Smyk, Chief Thomas Spell, Lewes PD, DRBA Police Lt. Jason LaMora, and McGruff the Crime Dog.
Delaware River and Bay Authority
Delaware River and Bay Authority
(L-R) State Rep. Stephen Smyk, Chief Thomas Spell, Lewes PD, DRBA Police Lt. Jason LaMora, and McGruff the Crime Dog.

A new Crime Stoppers Kiosk is at the Lewes Ferry Terminal.

The new informational kiosk debuted last week, and it will display Amber Alerts, wanted fugitive features, arrested posters, special features, law enforcement recruiting information, and general Crime Stoppers program information.

It will also highlight where community members can go for additional information, and Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesperson Jim Salmon says it also can take people to a tip submission form.

"A - what I would term - a QR code that you can scan with your phone, and use the form on your phone or tablet to fill out and submit it via the Crime Stopper website," said Salmon.

That feature is important because you cannot submit any tips at the kiosk directly.

Salmon says the kiosk is in a spot in the terminal where it can be seen by many people.

"It's a high traffic area. Approximately a million people will use the ferry service both ways for a calendar year. So that's quite a number of people walking through the terminal,” said Salmon. “In addition to that we have people that come to Grain on the Rocks for dinner that aren't necessarily taking the ferry."

According to Crime Stoppers Executive Director Michael Gallagher this kiosk is a first of its type here in Delaware.

He adds their goal is to raise awareness and bring information to the public through the kiosk screen.

The other goal is to help solve crimes and get information that someone might not otherwise feel safe or comfortable sharing that can improve the safety of Delaware's communities.

Crime Stoppers raised the money to bring the kiosks to Delaware, and Gallagher notes the plan is to place more kiosks around the state.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.