What is Report for Reward?

 A. Report for Reward is a City of Diamond Bar program that offers individuals financial incentive of up to $500 forproviding information leading to the arrest of a person(s) who damaged property as a result of a realized (or attempted) residential or vehicular burglary within Diamond Bar city limits.
Q. When was Report for Reward established?
A. Report for Reward was established on November 15, 2013 after being approved by the Diamond Bar City Council – by way of Ordinance No. 08(2013) – during its regular meeting of October 1, 2013.
Q. Where can I find information about the ordinance related to this reward program?
A. Ordinance No. 08(2013) is now part of the Diamond Bar City Municipal Code – Chapter 9.02 entitled: “Reward for Crime Information.” The City’s Municipal Code is available for viewing online www.diamondbarca.gov/municode or in person at Diamond Bar City Hall, 21810 Copley Drive, during its regular business hours of Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm, and Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm.
Q. Can anybody participate in the Report for Reward Program?
A. Everyone is encouraged to report property crime-related information or any suspicious activity to the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station; however no City employee or employee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shall be eligible for a monetary reward under this program.
Q. What type of activity should I be on the lookout for, and how will I know when to call the Sheriff’s station?
A. The majority of burglaries happen on weekdays during daytime hours when most people are away from their homes – either at work, school, or running errands. Suspicious activity that should be reported includes unfamiliar persons on foot, bicycle, or vehicle driving through residential streets below the speed limit or lingering in an area, seemingly without a purpose. When calling the Sheriff’s Station 909.595.2264 (9-1-1 if it’s an emergency), try to provide as much as information as you can about what you are observing (description of the individuals, and the car color, make, model and, if possible, license plate number).
Q. What happens after I call the Sheriff’s Station with my Report for Reward tip?
A. The dispatcher will take down your contact information, and if your tip leads to the identification and arrest of a person or persons suspected of damaging personal property as a result of a burglary incident, the Sheriff’s Station will then forward a recommendation for reward disbursement to the Report for Reward Committee.
Q. Who makes up the reward committee?
A. The Report for Reward Committee consists of the Diamond Bar City Manager or designee and a sworn member of the Sheriff’s Department.
Q.   How does the reward committee reach its decision to issue a reward?
A. The committee members will consider and verify the Sheriff’s Department recommendation and ensure that the information provided was directly relevant to the identification and arrest of the suspect(s), and that there was damage to real or personal property as a result of the burglary incident.
Q. How does the committee determine the amount of the reward it will issue?
A.  The Report for Reward Committee reviews each recommendation carefully and determines the reward amount based on the specific characteristics of the incident, including how much weight the tip carried in locating and arresting the burglary suspect, and the value of the property damaged
Q. What else can I do to safeguard my neighborhood against burglaries?
A. Get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other’s property. The more eyes you have looking for suspicious or criminal activity, the better protected you are your neighbors will be against burglaries. If you are not already a member of Neighborhood Watch, consider joining or starting a group in your area by calling Community Relations Deputy Aaron Scheller at 909.839.7079.
Q. Is a phone call the only way to submit a Report for Reward tip?
A. Yes. Currently, burglary-related tips can only be provided by calling the Diamond Bar-Walnut Sheriff’s Station at 909.595.2264 (always dial 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency or the incident is in progress.
Q.  May I report burglary incidents that occur in another city?
A. Property crimes that occur in other cities should be reported to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the particular area. The Diamond Bar-Walnut Sheriff’s Station, for example, serves the cities of Diamond Bar and Walnut, as well as Rowland Heights, and unincorporated areas of Covina Hills and West Covina. Only tips for residential and vehicular burglaries committed with Diamond Bar city limits will be considered for a reward.