How does it work?
- Tipster calls into the tip line and is answered by a trained personnel who will receive the information, process it and pass it to the appropriate agency
- A tipster can also submit a tip online
- The caller is given a unique identification number which is used throughout the tip process (Very important to keep this #)
- Crime Stoppers will relay the information to the appropriate police agency
- The caller can call back using their identification number to provide additional information and to see if they are eligible for a reward
- If the local board approves a reward
- Once a reward is approved, a discreet drop off location is arranged for the tipster
* Depending on the complexity of the case it could take a long time before a reward is authorized. Tipsters can call in or check out their online tip for updates
What kind of crimes can I call Crime Stoppers for?
The short answer is any crime!
- Human smuggling
- Traffic complaints
- Impaired drivers
- Grow ops
- Missing Persons
- Illegal gambling
- Drug and Alcohol
- Break & Enter
- Terrorist Activity
- Mass Attacks (Halifax Feb 2015)
If there is imminent danger or a crime/emergency is occurring right now make sure to call 911 or other emergency number
How did Crime Stoppers Start?
- Brainchild of Canadian born New Mexico police detective Greg MacAleese in 1976
- Need to create an anonymous means for the public to communicate information to authorities
- Ontario has 39 chapters
- World wide 1000’s of programs in 32 countries
- Crime Stoppers is the only crime prevention program with the backing of the Supreme Court of Canada