Every year Crime Stoppers worldwide recognizes January as Crime Stoppers month, dedicating their time raising awareness and sharing their successes with the communities they serve. Sault Ste. Marie is no different and we would like to thank Mayor Provenzano for officially proclaiming January as Crime Stoppers month in last night’s City Council meeting. The theme of this year’s Crime Stoppers month is simply “SEE SOMETHING, HEAR SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!”. If you see something or hear something suspicious and want to report a crime without identifying yourself, we are here to help.
To kick start Crime Stoppers month we would like to share our 2016 statistics. We saw a significant increase in the number of tips received in 2016, which reached an all-time high of 1,151 compared to an average of 837 tips over the last five years. As a result of these tips we assisted police services with 69 arrests, 111 charges, recovery of $95,555 in stolen property, and $351,740 in drugs.
“Unfortunately the numbers do not tell the whole story. We are in a unique position where we cannot detail our successes of crimes solved due to possibility of putting a tipster at risk. The anonymity of our tipsters is of the utmost importance to us and the success of the program”, said Tom Burmaster, Crime Stoppers Board President.
The fact is, every year numerous crimes in Sault Ste. Marie & the Algoma District would go unsolved without Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers provides the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, and other agencies with anonymous tips for the resolution of crimes directly benefiting people and businesses in the City of Sault Ste. Marie & surrounding areas.
“I am strongly convinced that an investment in Crime Stoppers is truly an investment in making for a better community”, said Tom Burmaster, Crime Stoppers Board President.
Throughout Crime Stoppers month we will be sharing quotes from our volunteers and community members and information on some of the initiatives that we have created such as the Crime Stoppers Downtown Patrol, Wanted Wednesdays and the Great Algoma Lockup.
“Crime Stoppers is a valued community partner of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. They assist us by taking information about crimes from individuals who wish to remain anonymous and providing that information to police. Our relationship has been critical in solving local crimes, apprehending individuals wanted by police, recovering stolen property and seizing illegal drugs. Each of these outcomes benefits us all by making Sault Ste. Marie a safer place to live”, states Sault Ste. Marie Chief of Police Robert Keetch.
“The Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District Crime Stoppers program is second to none in the Province. The collaboration between local law enforcement, organizations, volunteers, and members of the public ensures the program continues to be an effective means of solving and preventing crime in our community”, states S/Sgt. Michael Maville, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Commander.