WEB ONLY: Crime Stoppers seeks community helpers

While January is known around the world, Crime Stoppers Awareness Month and Crime Stoppers of Wellington County needs help to spread the word all year long.

Anyone with a static sign outside of of their business can consider putting on a generic Crime Stoppers message (such as Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-TIPS, “Anonymous,” or “Cash rewards”).

If a service group needs a guest speaker (no group is too big or too small), call the administrative line 519-846-5371 to arrange to have Crime Stoppers representatives speak at the next meeting.

Anyone who sends monthly statements or invoices to clients could include a Crime Stoppers pamphlet or informa­tion sheet in that monthly mail out. Email crime.stoppers­@­cogeco.net to make arrange­ments.

Does anyone want a metal Crime Stoppers sign or Crime Stoppers posters to put out in a business or school? The more visible the Crime Stoppers program, the greater the deter­rent. This means people could be helping to prevent crime before it occurs. Call and Crime Stoppers officials will make arrangements.

If anyone is holding a special event and thinks that a Crime Stoppers information booth would be a good fit, let Crime Stoppers officials know.

Use the school’s morning announcement time to make sure everyone in the school is aware of the toll free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) telephone number and the www.crime­stopperswellington.com web­site. Call for assistance in creating a generic Crime Stop­pers message.

Have an idea on how to help promote Crime Stoppers in the community? Simply call.

Since inception in 1988, Crime Stoppers of Wellington County has received over 12,199 anonymous calls that have helped investigators to seize over $16.5-million in illegal narcotics, recover more than $9.7-million in stolen property, and assist police in lay­ing 3,339 charges. Crime Stoppers wants 2009 to be even better for the crime fighting pro­gram and needs your help to make this happen.