January is Crime Stoppers month and this year the organization marks its 32nd year helping with crime prevention in Durham Region and around the world.
Since 1986, over 3,800 cases have been cleared in Durham Region and the program is credited with close to 3,900 arrests. It has been responsible for removing over $75 million worth of drugs off our streets and for recovering over $7.2 million in stolen cash and property.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, non-police organization that pays cash for anonymous tips. The program encourages the public to communicate information regarding illegal activity. Crime Stoppers will share this information with the police or other partnering agencies to assist in their investigations.
Volunteer board members from the community operate the program and fundraise for the tip rewards that are paid out. They are also supported by a police liaison. The key to the effectiveness of Durham Regional Crime Stoppers is the successful partnerships it fosters in the community. Working together with the public, the media and police, Crime Stoppers endeavours to make a positive difference in our communities.
When citizens contact the Crime Stoppers program, they are assigned a special code number, which is used to identify them in all future dealings with the Crime Stoppers program. These citizens will only be known by their code number. If the information provided leads to a charge or an arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Durham Regional Crime Stoppers has an impressive track record and remains an active and important community safety option. The toll free number is 1-800-222-8477 or visit Durham Regional Crime Stoppers.
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