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January is Crime Stoppers Month
2017 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce organization.
The Board of Directors remains steadfast in its desire to provide services that allow all residents of Grey and Bruce an avenue in which to be "part of the solution"; an avenue upon which, over these past 30 years, through anonymous tips, has assisted towards the seizure of approximately $52 Million in drugs and recovered stolen property from the streets of our counties.
We're proud. We're proud to be in a region where citizens are looking out for one another and, as a result, tips since 1987, have brought about the arrest of 1,558 people and the clearing/resolving of nearly 2,600 cases.
We're proud because we hear so often that it's because of the anonymity the Crime Stoppers program offers that calls are made and not necessarily the rewards that are paid out. Indeed, although we have paid out over a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) in tips, this amount is less than half of what could have been paid out if all "Tipsters" actually picked up their rewards.
The Crime Stoppers movement began in 1976 and is made up of three essential elements - the community, the media, and law enforcement.
Our local program is operated by a group of volunteers, including a volunteer Board of Directors and community members who provide tip information and funds for the maintenance of the program.
The media aides the program by publicizing case re-enactments or details about a case not yet solved or a person wanted on a warrant and law enforcement then receives the anonymous tip information from our office staff and follows that information through to its conclusion.
Crime Stoppers has grown in numbers throughout the world. Now, 22 countries are involved, with over 1,200 programs worldwide coordinating the people in their regions towards "being part of the solution". They, too, enjoy similar success to ours, with new countries joining the movement each year.
Every January, Crime Stoppers Programs throughout the world celebrate Crime Stoppers Month and take the opportunity to extol the successes of the previous year. We have moved from taking tips simply through telephone calls to now receiving tips through secure Web Tips as well, with some programs even offering smart phone applications.
To learn more about Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce visit www.crimestoppersgb.ca or e-mail them at ... firstname.lastname@example.org .
Remember Crime Doesn’t Pay – But Crime Stoppers Does!
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Sunday, January 15, 2017