Crime Stoppers launches a new website

Crime Stoppers of Wellington County has launched a new website that will accept web tips to engage the county’s technology-savvy people.

Officials are hoping to get criminals “caught in the web.”

In order to stay on the cutting edge of technology and better its communication, the organization’s new website will highlight the crime fighting program. Located at the same address as the program’s pre­vious site of www.crime­, the new site not only contains current Crime of the Week arti­cles, unsolved cases and educa­tional material about the pro­gram, but it also now features web tips.

The group is now capable of accepting anonymous web tips.  The system enables users to email tips through a secure and anonymous system.

"Over the past 20 years, Crime Stoppers of Wellington County has assisted the Ontario Provincial Police and the Guelph City Police in solving more than 2,000 cases, and recovering over $26.2-million in stolen property and illicit drugs," said Program Coordi­nator Jennifer Smith.

She added, “Crime Stoppers and local police services have  forged a partnership through the vigilance of the gen­eral public in reporting sus­picious behaviour and crime in their neighbourhoods through the Crime Stoppers hotline 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Now those reports can be made on-line.”

Crime Stoppers is expecting the new website to become a key method in engaging youth to the issues of crime that they face in their communities, and encourage them to report crime through web tips. 

“The majority of our tech­nology-savvy youth popu­lation spend hours on-line,” said Smith. “For many of them, the most direct form of com­mu­nication is via a computer keyboard.

“For this reason, the addition of the interactive web­site to our highly-success­ful hotline is viewed as an ex­tension of the media and pro­cesses which many of our com­munity are already comfortable with. Importantly, with on-line reporting, people still remain anonymous.”

One benefit the new website offers is persons who provide Crime Stopper with information can log on at a later time and check the status of an investigation for which they have provided information. That provides tangible evi­dence that every bit of information the organization received helps in the fight against crime.

For more information, to check out the new website, or to report about a crime, visit www.crimestoppers-well­ing­ton.­com.