Thursday, November 4, 2010

Citizens provide record-breaking number of tips to Crime Stoppers

Calgarians are calling Crime Stoppers in record-numbers this year to report suspect activity acccording to the organization.

Tips received so far have resulted in approximately $14 million of drugs being seized, compared to $2 million in the same period last year. Recovered stolen property has also increased from $25 thousand to $30 thousand.

September was the busiest month to date; exceeding September, 2008, by 150 tips.

According to a Crime Stoppers release, information volunteered by the public led to 239 charges laid so far in 2009, compared to 56 charges during the same time-period last year.

“We have been saying for quite some time that we need the assistance and support of the community to help make Calgary even safer, and the public appear to be responding to that call and stepping up to the plate,” said Staff Sergeant Colin Chisholm of the Calgary Police Service.

“I firmly believe that the city is safer thanks to those that have picked up the phone or visited the Crime Stoppers website to provide a tip.”

And the program should continue to grow according to Roger Monette, President of Calgary Crime Stoppers.

“We endeavour to raise these statistics with record setting tips when our Talk, Type, Text initiative is rolled out during the world-wide Crime Stoppers month in January 2010,” said Monette.

“The Crime Stoppers program is laudable as a result of our citizens who proactively ‘unmute’ themselves in the three ways to anonymously submit crime tips.”

In September alone, the following successes can be attributed to the reporting public:
  • Four grow operations were dismantled resulting in a seizure of $3.7 million.
  • Two drug trafficking cases were solved resulting in two arrests.
  • One weapons case was solved.
  • One robbery case was solved resulting in an arrest.
  • Six people wanted on warrants were arrested.
  • Two traffic related cases were solved.

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