Are You a True Crime Junkie? Earn $1,666 (if you dare)
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UPDATE: We chose a winner for our True Crime Podcast Dream Job!

The team at Vio Security pored over each and every application to find the biggest True Crime junkie of them all. This dream job may be closed, but True Crime stories (for better or for worse) are here to stay. Check out our winner’s announcement for more information who snagged the gig.

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This Halloween, Crime Pays

Upstanding detective or criminal mastermind, True Crime lover or adept podcatcher, scaredy-cat or “final girl”—if you have a taste for the macabre, Vio Security is looking for a who that knows whodunit. This Halloween, we’re shelling out $1,666 for one crafty crime buff to listen to 31 hours of the top True Crime podcasts. Think you could handle it?

To make this case stick, we need our winner to provide some evidence as they pod-on. The jury wants to know: What elements of each story did you like the most? Were your sleep habits affected? Do you believe anyone was falsely accused?

We’ll send our winner a heart rate monitor to record their physiological responses as they jump from pod to pod.

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Listen in

Whether you’re a seasoned True Crime veteran or a casual podcast listener in search of your next favorite, we’re letting our winner have lots of wiggle room while on the job.

The winner can listen to any episodes they like from the following True Crime podcasts, as long as they 1) listen to each podcast at least once and 2) listen in for at least 31 hours.

Here are some of the best True Crime podcasts you'll listen to:

  • Motive for Murder
  • Crime Junkie
  • Son of a Hitman
  • Dateline
  • My Favorite Murder
  • Real Narcos
  • Serial
  • Someone Knows Something
  • I Survived
  • The Thing About Pam

From there, we’ll have our True Crime junkie answer a series of questions based on their experience. The goal of the whole ordeal is to help us understand how True Crime podcasts affect people—specifically if they make people feel more unsafe the more they listen.

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Make Out Like a Bandit

If you land the gig, you’ll walk away scot-free with some serious benefits:

  • $1,666
  • Your very own True Crime Kit:
  1. Heart rate monitoring device
  2. Door block mechanism
  3. Access to a personal safety app
  4. Flashlight
  5. Whistle
  6. Wireless earbuds

We think the $1,666 speaks for itself. At nearly $56 an hour, that number is quite the score. One could even say winning it would be the perfect crime…

As a security company, we know that 31 hours of True Crime might leave you feeling a biiiit paranoid. To ward off the post-podcast scaries, we’re giving the winner a True Crime Kit to help secure their home and keep the pods playing.

In the True Crime Kit, we’ll include wireless earbuds to optimize your listening experience. In addition to a safety flashlight and whistle, we’ll include a door blocking mechanism and access to a personal safety app (like Bond) to boost your peace of mind. Want even more ways to protect your home? Check out our True Crime Safety Guide.

To help you along your heist, we’re giving our winner a Fitbit. The winner can record their heart rate as they hop from pod to pod. If you’re not sure which cold case left you with the worst chills, the heart rate monitor can help you separate the sighs from the scares.

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Get Caught Red-Handed

Want to be at the wrong place at the right time? We’re looking to pick a self-described true crime fanatic. We care less about what you’ve heard and more about what you want to hear. Whether you’re into cold cases, botched detective work, or tragic criminal backstories, we want to be as excited for your analysis as you are for the next episode.

Application Requirements: The candidate needs to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Application Process: To be considered for the job, candidates must fill out the form on our application page. In about 200 characters, we want you to tell us why you’d make the perfect candidate (or maybe the smoothest criminal). We also would like you to answer the following questions:

  • How do you usually celebrate the Halloween season?
  • How often do you listen to podcasts?
  • What True Crime story keeps you up at night?

Although not a requirement, candidates are encouraged to send in a video application in addition to their written application.

Submissions for the job close Monday, October 19 at 12 PM MT. The chosen winner will have to have listened to 31 podcast hours and include their responses by October 31.

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Not all cases are cold-this case is closed.

The true crime podcast dream job has ended!

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Please check your email for your submission confirmation. Still don’t see it? Try checking your spam folder!

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Terms and Conditions

The rules of the sweepstakes and the prize for the winner are as follows:

  1. The promoter of this sweepstakes is Vio Security whose principal office is located at 5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116.
  2. This dream job is being conducted by Vio Security and is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Apple Podcasts, or any of the any of the entities that own the listed podcast shows.
  3. Employees of Vio Security or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the sweepstakes or helping to set up the sweepstakes shall not be permitted to enter the sweepstakes.
  4. Persons must be at least 18 years old, or otherwise have reached the age of majority under the laws of the state where you reside, in order to participate.
  5. Only residents of the United States are eligible to participate.
  7. There is NO ENTRY FEE AND NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES. Any purchase or consideration otherwise given by entrants will not improve one’s chances of winning.
  8. Route to entry for the sweepstakes and details of how to enter are available via Vio Security. Persons may enter to win by clicking on the participation link on Vio Security's website. Upon clicking the participation link, entrants will be asked to provide their name and contact information so that Vio Security can notify the winner of the results.
  9. Closing date for entry will be Monday, October 19 at 12 PM MT. After this date, no further entries to the sweepstakes will be permitted.
  10. One winner will be selected from the entire pool of eligible entries. The winner will be selected by Vio Security in its sole discretion. The winner will be required to complete certain tasks determined by the Vio Security team. If the winner does not follow through with the tasks required of them, they will not receive their cash prize of $1,666.
  11. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 14 business days at the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 10 calendar days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. The winner specifically acknowledges that the True Crime Podcast Dream Job Crime Kit shall be provided and fulfilled by Vio Security. The True Crime Podcast Dream Job Crime Kit consists of a heart rate monitoring device, door blocking mechanism, Safety application gift card worth $54.95, flashlight, whistle, access to a podcast streaming platform, and wireless earbuds either mailed or hand-delivered to the winner. Vio Security will notify the winners when and where the prize can be collected.
  13. No cash alternative to the True Crime Kit will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and Vio Security reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current federal and state data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  15. The winner agrees to provide Vio Security with a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to use any images, videos, or tweets that they send us or post as part of this contest.
  16. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after the closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address:
    Vio Security
    5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
  17. Vio Security is not affiliated with any of the products or services in the True Crime Safety Watch Guide.
  18. The winner agrees to waive any liability or claims whatsoever that it may have against Clearlink in relation to such products.

Vio Security’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the sweepstakes will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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