In the midst of its annual membership drive, a local organization dedicated to crime fighting has already seen success.
Webster County Crime Stoppers, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has been looking for new members, as well as renewing current memberships, for the past two weeks.
Dan Streit, president of Webster County Crime Stoppers, said the group has gotten a positive response from both new and returning members.
"We started a couple of weeks ago, and we're probably about 60 percent done already," he said. "It usually takes us a good month and a half for us to get everything done."
This year's membership drive has been helped by the group's redesigned website, which was launched last week.
"It's completely updated," Streit said. "We've had a website in the past, but this one has many new features on it."
Among the most important new features for Crime Stoppers is the addition of a link that allows people to donate directly from the website.
"They can go online and make any kind of donation they want," he said. "It can be $5, $10, $100, or whatever you can afford. It's really easy to make a donation, and I think people will like to see that."
At this point, Streit said renewal letters have been sent to existing members. The group has had a positive response to those letters.
"A lot of those members have been a part of Crime Stoppers for a long time, so they know it's coming," he said. "It's been really good from our standpoint."
Streit said one of the biggest parts of the membership drive will be the telephone campaign, which will be held after Thanksgiving.
"We'll call both members that have not renewed and also new members that we want to attract," he said. "It's actually threefold for us; we use the mailings, the website and the phone campaign to find new members."
Anyone who wants to play a role in preventing crime in Webster County should join Crime Stoppers, according to Streit.
"It's all about making the county safer and a better place to live," he said. "They can do a small part by becoming members."
Money raised from membership is used to provide rewards for information leading to catching criminals and also the purchase of equipment for law enforcement.
Streit said the membership drive has always been successful for Crime Stoppers.
"We continue to grow little by little every year," he said. "We're very optimistic, and would love to get everybody in the county to join."