Crime Stoppers receives financial helping hand from local Wal Mart

Wal Mart of Port Elgin recently presented Crime Stoppers Grey Bruce with a donation of $1,000 and, on Monday Mary 13th, Vice-Chair Betty Bender presented staff with an appreciation on behalf of the organization.

Crime Stoppers is a completely volunteer-driven organization that receives no government funding and relies on donations from individuals, service groups, businesses and fundraising efforts by the volunteers.

Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce covers a total area of 8,600 sq. km. with a population of over 158,000 people.  From May 1987 to January 2019, statistics through Grey Bruce Crime Stoppers in the region are:

  • Arrests 1,632;
  • cases cleared 2,639;
  • rewards $264,085;
  • property recovered $3,864,444,
  • drugs seized $49,234,353

Total value recovered $53,124,016.  Unfortunately, Crime Stoppers does not receive any funding portion from the ‘Proceeds of Crime’.

Crime Stoppers is an international organization that helps to fight crime on a local level by providing ‘tipsters’ an anonymous avenue to help police solve crimes.  A volunteer organization however, it relies solely on fundraising efforts and donations to remain viable.

“We greatly appreciate the funding help that we have been receiving,” says Vice-Chair Betty Bender.  “As a volunteer organization, like many others, we are struggling to find the funds to make us sustainable. Our members are dedicated and committed to helping our police fight crime in our communities but, without funding help, we simply can’t keep going.  So, support like this is invaluable not only to us but to the community.”