WHAT IS CRIME STOPPERS?
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit charitable organization that combines the best efforts of the community, the media and the police in the fight against crime.
Each week the media appeals for information about unsolved crimes. A "Crime of the Week" is highlighted in newspaper articles, radio spots and television re-enactments. People are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers anonymously to report any information that may help solve this or any other crime.
A group of dedicated, concerned citizens make up the civilian Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Haldimand-Norfolk and Tillsonburg and is the foundation behind the program. Board members raise, control and administer funds; organize reward payments to callers and promote the program. For more information on becoming a board member, contact Crime Stoppers.
HISTORY OF CRIME STOPPERS
The vital crime-fighting program, known worldwide as Crime Stoppers, started in 1976. The program evolved from the tragic murder of a young gas station attendant in Albuquerque, New Mexico named Michael Carmen.
While working the midnight shift, this 19-year-old victim was robbed of $43.00 cash and four cartons of cigarettes and then shot and killed by two armed suspects. Greg MacAleese, a Canadian-born detective, was called in to investigate. Because the crime occurred on a busy street, he knew that there had to be many witnesses to the crime and yet, no one would come forward.
After months of investigating with no leads, MacAleese approached a local television station to re-enacted the crime and ask for the public’s help. A $1000 reward was offered and a tipsline was set up. Callers were promised anonymity - they would not have to identify themselves or testify in court. The show was called Crime Stoppers. Within 24 hours of airing, the case was solved and life was given to the Crime Stoppers program. Today, there are hundred’s of recognized programs around the world.