The mission to solve crime has gone mobile.
Michiana Crime Stoppers is running a new campaign that puts their slogan on a Transpo bus.
One Transpo bus painted with the Crime Stoppers slogan will pick up people in South Bend and Mishawaka. The campaign serves as a reminder that the organization is anonymous and pays for tips that lead to arrests.
Five billboards will be up around South Bend with the slogan "Do You Know Who Killed Us?" It features two unsolved homicides that happened three years apart.
The mother and sister of both of these victims, Dionne Wade, spoke at the campaign kick-off Monday morning.
Wade found her son Bernard Vaughn, 17, murdered back in 2010.
Her brother, George Reed, was killed in the same neighborhood the billboard is posted in on South Bend’s southwest side.
Ward says, “Something like this doesn't hit home until it happens to you or one of yours or a neighbor, somebody that you love and care about. Until then we all have kind of adapted to the mindset to mind your own business.”
Lt. Cindy Kilgore from Crime Stoppers says witnesses are reluctant to report crime because of fear and apathy but this campaign will hopefully encourage more people to come forward.
“Perhaps their conscious has bothered them and the time is right to come forward,” says Kilgore. “If somebody knows anything about these cases or any crime or fugitive that is what Crime Stoppers is here for.”
The bus with the Crime Stoppers slogan will around for a year while the billboards will be up for a month.