The numbers confirm it in spades: Crime Stoppers of Bolingbrook has made the village a safer place to live since its inception in 2006.
“My experience in being involved in Crime Stoppers has been very rewarding,” board president Janet Mollohan told Will County Gazette. “The following statistics tell the story: Tip codes issued, 747; cases solved, 177; arrests, 277; rewards paid, $91,000; drugs and property recovered, $408,332.”
Crime Stoppers is a tip line that guarantees anonymity and pays rewards of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. The program is funded entirely through public donations.
Crime Stoppers of Bolingbrook board president Janet Mollohan
“We've been very successful this year and have been paying out more money for rewards than we have been taking in,” Mollohan said. “We will be promoting Crime Stoppers and selling raffle tickets at most events in Bolingbrook. Crime Stoppers is wholly funded by donations and we need to fortify our bank account.”
In addition to donations, Crime Stoppers could also use more volunteers.
“There are great people on the board,” Mollohan said. “They are dedicated and devote their time and energy to Crime Stoppers. We all work well together but we could always use new members.”
Mollohan, who currently lives in Crest Hill but previously resided in Bolingbrook for 46 years, is one of the original members of the Bolingbrook program.
“I had been serving on the board of Will County Crime Stoppers since 1987,” she said. “With the increase in population in the late 1990s and early 2000s, concerned citizens decided Bolingbrook should start its own program. With my experience, I thought I would rather concentrate on Bolingbrook.”
Mollohan also serves on the board of the Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association and the Lockport American Legion Auxiliary.
“We are all part of the community and we need to pull together,” she said. “Whether it's trying to reduce crime, working with youth or teaching ESL, everyone should give back to the community. Without volunteer organizations, a lot of important work would not get done.”
Mollohan was born in Chicago and raised in Evergreen Park. She attended Purdue University for engineering and is a retired applications engineer. She is also currently taking online classes to obtain a degree in history.
Mollohan enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time.