January 2012 is B.C. Crimes Stoppers month

In 2011, Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers received 3,985 tips resulting in the recovery of property worth $1.5 Million and the seizure of $15.3 Million in drugs. Statistics show that since 2008, the number of arrests made as a result of Crime Stoppers tips has more than tripled, while the number of cases cleared has doubled. January 2012 has been dubbed Crimes Stopper month and the organization is making a concerted push for more community involvement in tackling crime.

The Crime Stoppers program was the brainchild of Canadian-born Detective Greg MacAleese in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976.

The BC Crime Stoppers Association became a reality in 1994 as the provincial voice for the 43 member programs across the province. As the first programs formed in 1982 and the numbers grew in the following decades the provincial association became a necessity and then a reality.

Crime Stoppers is an independent non-profit society and registered charity managed by a civilian Board of Directors working in partnership with the police, the media and local citizens. ??As an organization, Crime Stoppers is a vehicle that allows citizens to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge without fear of reprisal. ?

?The British Columbia Crime Stoppers Advisory Board is the umbrella organization for individual community-based Crime Stoppers programs in the province. ??BC Crime Stoppers provides standards, communication, training, dispute resolution, legal support, insurance, promotion, and other similar items that ensure the security, productivity and longevity of all of the community programs. ??Each local Crime Stoppers Association is a registered charitable society working with citizens, the media and law enforcement agencies to make their community safe. ??Crime Stoppers maintains the 24/7 Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) province-wide for anonymous information on a crime and provides a cash reward up to $2000 upon an arrest and charge for a tip.

?When you leave a Crime Stoppers tip, you are never identified. You never have to give your name or phone number. We don’t use call display and you never have to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.