Several suburban Chicago police departments have signed on to a website that offers $25 gift cards for informants who help investigators identify crime suspects, reports Sun-Times Media. Two police officers created a website, idthisperson.com, that features photos from surveillance cameras. So far, police in Oswego, Yorkville, Aurora, Montgomery and St. Charles have signed on to the service, which has national scope.
Police are able to submit photos to the website. Most now on the site show a person walking out of a store or standing at a cash register. Tips on identities can be submitted anonymously, although to be eligible for the $25 gift card, the person must enter their e-mail address. Any information submitted to the site is forwarded to the police department that submitted the pictures. If the identification turns out to be correct, and even if the person is not arrested, the member of the public receives a $25 gift card. The informant does not have to talk to police to be eligible for the gift card.