Every 14 minutes, an arrest is made somewhere in the world thanks to a tip made to Crime Stoppers.
That is according to Crime Stoppers of Halton board chair Doug Maybee, who highlighted the importance of its work and history Tuesday, Jan. 17 during the launch event for its 2017 theme — See Something, Hear Something, Say Something — and to promote January as Crime Stoppers of Halton Month
First established in the 1970s, Crime Stoppers, a registered charity run by volunteers, partners with the community, businesses, media and law enforcement.
With guaranteed anonymity, it provides people a safe way to report on or provide tips on an unsolved crime.
If their information leads to an arrest, they’re eligible for a financial reward of up to $2,000.
Crime Stoppers now has more than 1,000 programs worldwide, 90 in Canada, 38 of which are in Ontario.
“I am very proud that we live and work in the safest regional municipality in Canada with a population greater than 100,000. But this is no time to rest on our laurels.
Our challenge is to keep it that way,” said Maybee.
To ensure Halton crime levels remain low, the organization reaches out to youth to educate them on how they can help make their schools safer places, Maybee said.
“All too often, youth are hesitant to report crime. We meet and talk with Grade 7, 8 and 9 students and show them how they can call, text or email a tip with guaranteed anonymity and maybe earn a cash reward in the process,” said Maybee.
“We want them to know when information is provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers, criminals are apprehended, stolen property is recovered, drugs are seized and illegal weapons, such as knives and guns, are taken off the streets.”
Crime Stoppers of Halton also help citizen groups understand how they can help “make their communities safer places to live, work and do business,” he said.
“We also speak with businesses and their employees to let them know how they can report what they know about internal crime, which helps reduce losses from theft.
Our public awareness efforts are paying dividends,” said Maybee.
In 2016, the Halton group received 1,217 tips — another record, Maybee said, while it has garnered more than 17,000 tips, resulting in 1,155 arrests since it was founded in 1988.
Nearly $2.7 million of stolen property has been recovered, more than $18 million in illegal drugs have been seized and 92 weapons have been taken off the streets.