1-800-222-TIPS : Crime Stoppers!

Tuesday, March 7, 2006


Written by Jessica Wiper

“If there’s something weird, in the neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? "– no, not Ghostbusters, if something has happened in your neighbourhood that you can help with, then give Crime Stoppers a ring.

What’s that, you don’t know what Crime Stoppers is? I’ll give you the quick rundown: Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that combines many different resources and works with police services, media, and you, to help in the fight against crime. In May of 1988 this organization made its debut in Guelph and Wellington County, and has made an amazing impact since then, leading to 2,391 charges being laid because of tips from the public!

So how does it work? Well, if there’s a crime that’s about to be committed, or that has been committed and you have information, call the toll free Crime Stoppers tips line, 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), anytime. For example, say someone has smashed some windows in your residence or been involved in an assault off-campus, you can call 1-800-222-TIPS. The information you pass on will be taken in the strictest confidence and you will never be asked for your name or contact information. However, you will be given a code number and you need to keep this number secret. This is the code that you can use to check back for updates or give new information.

This tip will then be passed on to the police by Crime Stoppers. If the crime is about something on campus then the tip is forwarded to campus police for investigation, which, if successful, would likely lead to a judicial process on campus. If the crime is related to something off campus then the tip would go to the Guelph Police.

If the tip leads to a crime being solved, you will be eligible for a reward of $50 to $2,000. Rewards are distributed through pre-arranged pickup spots, like banks, where you just provide your code and receive the reward. You don’t testify in court, never deal with police directly, conversations are not recorded and there’s no caller ID or *69.

Okay, so you see how it works, but the next question is, does it work? Well, the numbers speak for themselves in Guelph and Wellington County since 1988: $17,315,308 in recovered property/narcotics, 2,391 charges laid and 1,027 arrests made.

On campus there is a Crime Stoppers committee that includes representatives from student organizations, campus police, faculty, and staff. This committee works to create awareness about Crime Stoppers on campus. If you would like information on volunteering or receiving information about Crime Stoppers, please email , or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

Who ya gonna call… if you have tips, call: 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477)

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