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Crime Stoppers Open Letter To Residents

Web posted on January 06, 2016

Dear Editor,
As Program Coordinator of Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington, I would like to remind your readership that January is Crime Stoppers Month. During this time we celebrate a program, developed by Canadian Greg MacAleese, that is a safe, anonymous and proven alternative method to reporting crime.

We are pleased to be present in all areas of Wellington County and City of Guelph. To mark this, we will fly our flag in Wellington North Township (Mount Forest - outside the Mount Forest Archives, on January 8 at 8 a.m. and City of Guelph at City Hall on January 8 at 11 a.m., and invite residents to join us at these times.

We also acknowledge our police partners, Guelph Police Service, and Wellington County OPP. We value these partnership and are proud to know the work that we do benefits both organizations, in addition to numerous government agencies, and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Some of your readers may say, "We don't hear about crimes solved with Crime Stoppers information," and for that we are pleased. We are doing our job. Keeping our Tipsters identity protected is the most important aspect of our work. While we can't name specific occurrences that are solved because of our Tipsters, we can boast about our statistics. Since our inception in 1988, CSGW has received more than 18,026 calls. This has resulted in more than 1,505 arrests and in excess of $37 million recovered in stolen personal property and illegal drugs. Crime Stoppers works!

We ask your readers to celebrate Crime Stoppers month with us, by booking a presentation for a seniors' group, classroom or workplace, volunteer at one of our fundraisers, getting your own CSGW decal, apply to become a Board member, support us in our fundraising initiatives, follow us on social media, read the Crime of the Week features you so kindly publish on our behalf, and to check our website, . Most importantly, USE the program by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or submitting a tip online through our website.

In closing, together we will continue to solve crime, stop crime and prevent crime every month of the year, but during this month celebrate our accomplishments and invite residents of Guelph and Wellington County to be active participants in reducing and resolving crime. Remember, "It's YOUR CommunityMAKE THE CALL!"

Sarah Bowers-Peter
Program Coordinator
Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington