January is Crime Stoppers Month
(Ottawa) – The National Capital Area Crime Stoppers is pleased to be participating in Crime Stoppers Awareness month this January.
Crime Stoppers is a community-based tips program that allows members of the public to anonymously report information to police, managed in Ottawa by the National Capital Area Crime Stoppers.
“Crime Stoppers month is an opportunity for residents to ask questions and learn more about the program,” said Richard McMullen, Chair of Ottawa Crime Stoppers. “A lot of people don’t know how they can provide a tip, what happens to a tip once it is received or how Crime Stoppers benefits the community.”
This year’s theme for Crime Stoppers month is ‘Recognizing Transnational Organized Crime’.
The continued increase in human trafficked individuals, infiltration of contraband and counterfeit goods has led to this year’s theme. With organized crime groups, the growing threat of cyber-crimes on business and individuals, these threats exist in communities all across Canada.
“Crime Stoppers is a valuable tool for solving crime in our community,” said Mr. McMullen.
A 2016 and 2017 comparison shows a 26% increase in anonymous tips from 4245 to 5359. This increase in tip volume helped police clear 40 criminal cases and resulted in 160 criminal charges. Tips also helped police recover three weapons (firearm/other) in 2017.
National Capital Crime Stoppers will be out promoting the Crime Stoppers program throughout January at various locations throughout the city.
Jan 6 Place D’Orléans Shopping Centre (110 Place d’Orléans Drive)
Jan 11 Algonquin College (1385 Woodroffe Ave)
Jan 16 Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Jan 20 St. Laurent Mall (1200 St. Laurent Boulevard)
Jan 26 Loblaws (100 McArthur Avenue)
“Please drop by to find out more about the program and speak with coordinators and volunteers to answer any questions.”
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