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January is Crime Stoppers’ Awareness Month and communities across Haldimand, Norfolk and Tillsonburg are benefiting from the “anonymous tips for cash” program. In addition to giving people an anonymous, confidential way of getting information to investigators without having to get involved as a witness, Crime Stoppers also acts as a deterrent to help prevent crime.
Crime Stoppers’ Chairperson Neil Unwin, states, “A strong Crime Stoppers program sends a message to would-be criminals that crime will not be tolerated in our community.” He adds, “Criminals can never be sure who might be watching and ready to report that illegal activity to Crime Stoppers.”
Since inception in 1988, tips from anonymous callers to Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk and Tillsonburg have helped investigators seize a combined total of more than $47 million worth of illegal drugs and stolen property, arrest almost 2000 individuals and lay over 5,700 charges.
Unwin explains how Crime Stoppers works. “The program is straightforward. If you provide an anonymous tip that helps to solve a crime, Crime Stoppers will pay you cash. It’s really that simple,” Unwin adds, “Often people are reluctant to get involved when they have information on criminal activity because they may be scared or perhaps even apathetic. Crime Stoppers tries to combat both of these hurdles by offering anonymity and cash rewards.”
Since being created in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976, the Crime Stoppers’ philosophy has spread to more than 20 countries around the world. Crime Stoppers of Haldimand Norfolk and Tillsonburg was founded in 1988. In 2014, just over 450 anonymous tips came in to the local program and resulted in over $500,000 worth of illegal narcotics being seized and over $90,000 worth of stolen property being recovered. Over 200 charges were laid and over $9500 in rewards was authorized for anonymous tipsters. The program was recognized provincially and internationally with a total of 13 awards.
Crime Stoppers encourages people with information on any crime to anonymously contact at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.helpsolvecrime.com to report what they know. Cash rewards are paid for information that leads to an arrest or charge. The program does not subscribe to call display and callers will never have to testify in court.
To celebrate January’s awareness month proclamation, Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk and Tillsonburg will focus on public education and encourages any community member or group to call the program at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) to ask questions or book a presentation.
August 23, 2015
Join us for our inaugural annual 10km fun run/walk. It will get underway at the Victoria Street, Simcoe access of the picturesque Lynn Valley Trail and end in beautiful Silver Lake Park in Port Dover. Shuttle service will be provided to return participants to Simcoe.
The first 200 registrants will receive a free runner's style ball cap. Proceeds to assist Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk & Tillsonburg.