Since the introduction of the Crime Stoppers program in the National Capital area in 1985, we have received more than 32,000 tips, leading to some 4,500 arrests, 7,500 charges and 4,800 criminal cases being cleared. Along the way, these tips have led to the recovery of more than 60 million dollars in stolen property and drugs.
However statistics tell only part of the story. The following results of Crime Stoppers tips during just one two-week period are more telling:
- the capture of 2 pedophiles
- the halting of a serious domestic abuse case where weapons were seized
- the capture of a gang member wanted by several agencies, with the seizure of illegal firearms,
a bullet-proof vest and narcotics
- of 6 Crime Stoppers videos posted on YouTube, 4 crimes were solved.
In addition to our well-used “TIPS” line (613-233-TIPS) we have implemented alternative methods for people to report information, with the same assurance of anonymity. Not only can you use our website (www.crimestoppers.ca), but you can Tip by Text message to CRIMES (274637) citing key word “Tip 252″. Statistics indicate that more than one-third of the tips we receive are now sent to us in this manner.
In addition to the major part played by our mainstream media partners ( Rogers Cable, CTVand TVA) in promoting the Crime Stoppers program, our employment of “social” media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter has met with much success, particularly in reaching out to youth. Indeed, within the nation-wide Crime Stoppers community, your local Crime Stoppers program has been recognized as an innovator in this field.
On the subject of youth, we are especially pleased that our efforts to develop awareness of Crime Stoppers among our youth, is now beginning to produce results. Our dynamic Youth Committee, working with our Police Coordinator, is very active in developing initiatives targeting vulnerable youth both within the schools and in the wider community.
As always, raising funds for the Crime Stoppers program continues to pose a challenge. We urge your support of the following fundraising events which will be held in the coming months:
Bail or Jail
To mark National Crime Stoppers month, this annual fundraiser will be held on Thursday, January 27th at Billings Bridge Plaza, from 11:00AM to 6:00 PM. “Jailees” are still needed for this fun event. Would you consider rounding up some friends or associates who would be willing to contribute to your bail ?
Crushing Crime with Comedy Night
This first-time fundraiser will be held on the evening of Thursday, March 31st at Absolute Comedy, 412 Preston St. Tickets are priced at only $20.00. Come out and join in the fun. Call 613-482-7910 to book your tickets
Our 26th Annual Golf Tournament & Auction will be held on Wednesday, June 29th at the Canadian Golf & Country Club. Registration fee is $125 per golfer. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Golfers, hole sponsors, and donations of items for raffle or auction are needed.
For further information about any of these events, or to offer your services to the Crime Stoppers program as a volunteer, please visit our website (www.crimestoppers.ca) or contact our administration office at 613-482-7910.