2019 saw an outstanding increase in the value of drugs, personal property and cash recovered as a result of tips to Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington
The total value recovered last year was more than 4,200% more than the previous year. According to the year end statistics $76,270 in property, cash and illegals drugs were recovered in police investigations thanks to CSGW Tipsters.
“We have received a number of high-quality tips,” said Sarah Bowers-Peter, Program Coordinator for CSGW. “Our tip volume was pretty much the same, but the impact was tremendous.”
Last year, 807 calls and web tips were submitted to Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW), which is on track with 2018.
While not a police organization, CSGW works with Wellington County OPP and Guelph Police Service by offering a safe, anonymous method for the public to report information that could lead to arrests in local criminal acts. As a result of the tips provided, 15 cases were cleared in 2019, a 25% increase over 2018, and 68 charges were laid. The number of charges laid is almost double the previous year.
“The message is out there, and people are trusting that Crime Stoppers is making a difference to help keep our communities safe. This is why we are here,” said Bowers-Peter.
The Board of Directors has approved $171,370 in rewards to Tipsters since it was founded in 1988.
The program, which is an alternative to reporting directly to police, accepts tip information via www.csgw.tips as well as by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Book your presentation to learn how Crime Stoppers can work in your community.