Last year was the most successful year for Campbell River Crime Stoppers in their 23-year history.
The amount of stolen property and drugs seized totalled $167,950. The tip line received 372 calls with 297 tips that resulted in 28 arrests and 43 charges being laid as well as 44 cases cleared.
“This success was accomplished with the help of our media friends getting the word out, as well as extensive use of Facebook, Twitter and our Crime Stoppers website,” says Crime Stoppers president Rob Harris. “We tweeted 429 times, posted 400 times on Facebook and our web site was viewed over 253,004 times. Very impressive numbers.”
Since the inception of Campbell River Crime Stoppers in 1990, there have been 4,526 tips resulting in in $343,337 in property recovered and $8,803,331 in illicit drugs being destroyed.
Crime Stoppers is an effective vehicle that allows citizens to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or a potential crime of which they may have knowledge without fear of reprisal.
Crime Stoppers is an independent non-profit society and registered charity that is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who work in partnership with the police, media and local citizens. Crime Stoppers is dependent on public support to raise funds for advertising and the granting of awards for tips.
Campbell River Crime Stoppers has several events planned for 2014:
- On May 30, they will be hosting their first on-site mobile document shredding fundraiser. This is ideal for any citizens and/or business that needs large (or small) amounts of documents destroyed. With your donation, you can witness the destruction of your records. A certificate of confidentiality and destruction is provided at the end of the process. R&R Shredding supports this event and the Kinsmen will be hosting a barbecue to help raise funds for Crime Stoppers.
- In the early fall 2014, Crime Stoppers will be hosting a murder mystery dinner. the Great Gatsby will be the theme.
“The continued success of Crime Stoppers depends on the community supporting our fundraising events and becoming members,” Harris says.