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Letter: January is Crime Stoppers month in Guelph region

Crime Stoppers writes a letter regarding awareness initiatives
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GuelphToday has received the following letter to the editor on Crime Stoppers month (January) from Guelph Wellington Crime Stoppers.

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Dear Editor,

Once again January rolls around and we celebrate Crime Stoppers Month across Canada. Locally, we have a number of awareness initiatives, including flag raisings in the City of Guelph on Wednesday Jan. 4 at noon at the City Hall, and Friday Jan. 6 at noon at the Mount Forest Archives on Main Street.

We are displaying our flag at municipal council meetings throughout the month, and thank the Town of Minto, Township of Mapleton and Centre Wellington Township for this new awareness. These flag raisings aren’t just a photo opportunity, but a chance to celebrate with the local community and acknowledge the support we receive from businesses, media, police, investigative agencies and the public.

This year’s motto is “See something, Hear something, Say something.”

Too often we have witnessed or are aware of criminal activity in our community and do nothing about it. Crimes Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) is part of an organization that was designed to keep tipsters anonymous.

Don’t want to speak with police about what you know? Don’t want to go to court? Don’t want be involved in an investigation? Then contact CSGW at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.csgw.tips and avoid all of that. Yes, police have a job to do when it comes to keeping our communities safe, but we, as members of the public, have a role to play as well. There is no such thing as a victimless crime, and if we keep silent about a crime, we are aiding the culprit and prevent a victim from finding closure.

Since 1988, CSGW has received more than 18,765 calls. This has resulted in more than 1,520 arrests and in excess of $37 million recovered in stolen personal property and illegal drugs. Crime Stoppers works!

If readers want to be involved with CSGW, book a presentation for a seniors’ group, classroom or workplace, volunteer at one of our fundraisers, get your own CSGW decal, apply to become a board member, support us in our fundraising initiatives, follow us on social media, read the Crime of the Week features, and check our website. Most importantly, use the program by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or submitting a tip online through our website.

Thank you for your support throughout the year in publishing the Crime of the Week features in your community. We could not do it without you.

Regards,

Sarah Bowers-Peter

Program Coordinator
Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington

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