Crime Stoppers Stats Spell Success
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Vol 15, Issue 2, Leduc – Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer
Bringing about change and making a real difference takes the banding together of the like-minded, and that is precisely what Canadian Crime Stoppers has done. Partnering the police with the public and the media has created a force that has made a difference. Statistics as of December 31, 2010 are:
- Arrests 150,002
- Cases Cleared 254,630
- Rewards Paid $12,068,778
- Arson Loss Value $29,286,811
- Property Recovered $462,678,538
- Drugs Seized $2,875,196,37
Total Recovered $3,337,984,917
Crime Stoppers was developed from a 1976 case of a university student who was killed in New Mexico during a robbery. Six weeks of after the crime, the investigation had turned up few leads. The police thought it may help to air a re-enactment of the crime, in turn, hopefully jogging a memory in the general population. The idea was put into action and within 72 hours of airing the re-enactment, the murder had been solved, and the Crime Stoppers program was born.
According to RCMP website, www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca, the Crime Stoppers program resolves two major obstacles to the reporting of crime:
- APATHY – by offering cash awards
- FEAR – by offering anonymity
Today there are more than 1700 Crime Stoppers programs in 32 countries around the world. Over 400,000 crimes have been solved and over 8 billion dollars worth of stolen goods and narcotics have been seized. Crime Stoppers urges anyone who sees or knows of suspicious activities, to call their trained personnel at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).