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8/11/2015 - Hudson`s Bay Giving Day

We are participating in Hudson`s Bay Giving Day on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Hudson`s Bay in Oakville Place.

The Giving Day takes place from 10AM - 9PM. Tickets are only $5 and Crime Stoppers of Halton keeps 100% of our ticket sales! This will help us pay out cash rewards for tips that lead to an arrest, and educate our community on the Crime Stoppers program.

What is Giving Day?

Giving Day is hosted by Hudson`s Bay stores across Canada. On Thursday, September 17, 2015 Hudson Bay stores are offering discounts and in-store events to Giving Bay ticketholders. With a ticket you receive 20% off almost all items in store when using your HBC MasterCard or Credit Card or 15% off with any other form of tender. Ticket holders will also be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win Giving Day store Prizes!

How do I purchase a ticket?

Charities are selling tickets to Giving Day for $5 and they keep 100% of their ticket sales. Crime Stoppers of Halton is selling tickets for the Giving Day at Hudson`s Bay in Oakville Place. 

To purchase a ticket and donate to Crime Stoppers of Halton, please contact us at 905-825-4747 x 5139 or at haltoncrimestoppers@cogeco.net

For more information, please view the Giving Day FAQ`s.

7/29/2015 - Reporter, author Cal Millar wins provincial Crime Stoppers award

Tim Whitnell

Burlington Post  

Reporter, author Cal Millar wins provincial Crime Stoppers awardBurlington resident Cal Millar recently received The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers for his 30 years of volunteer work with the provincial organization.

A former longtime journalist and current author from Burlington has received a provincial award for his long association with the Crime Stoppers program.

Cal Millar, a 71-year-old Burlington resident, received The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers at this year’s Ontario Crime Stoppers conference on June 7 in London, Ont.

The award’s recipient is selected by a majority vote of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.

Millar was nominated by Crime Stoppers of Halton.

His involvement with Crime Stoppers dates to 1984 when he was one of the founders of Toronto Crime Stoppers, the fourth such group in Ontario. Hamilton had the first in 1983.

During his time with the Toronto program he extended his contributions to the Crime Stoppers cause by serving on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and also served as a director with Crime Stoppers International.

He has written several books about Crime Stoppers and travelled across North America speaking about his books and the program.

His fifth book, published in 2014, is entitled What Is Crime Stoppers.

A sixth book, about the foundation of Crime Stoppers, is due out in 2016.

“It’s not a police program, it’s a community program operated by a group of volunteers,” Millar said of its structure.

A volunteer board of directors reviews tips in relation to cases that have been solved and decides if a cash reward is to be paid to the anonymous providers of information.

More than 1,700 Crime Stoppers programs operate in about three-dozen countries, but there are notable exceptions and circumstances.

“England only has one program, one phone number, to handle the whole country. Australia went with a standard (phone) line but has programs in each state,” says Millar.

He admits it’s a struggle to get people in some countries to trust that Crime Stoppers is an anonymous service that doesn’t record telephone calls and does not have call display, which shows the incoming phone number being used by a tipster.

As an example, Millar noted the tiny southern Caribbean island Trinidad and Tobago — with a high crime rate and known as a transit point for drug smuggling between Venezuela and to other parts of the West Indies and beyond — has a Crime Stoppers program but the phone line is redirected to Miami, Florida.

He said a mistrust of local authorities in Trinidad by its own people is the reason for the unusual set-up.

Some of the small island’s tipsters, he said, are worried that someone answering the phone might recognize their voice and that that information could endanger their life or that of someone they know.

And in a country where a Crime Stoppers program might be needed the most there isn’t one, said Millar.

“There is no Crime Stoppers in Mexico because of the total distrust of authorities.”

One of the biggest changes Millar says he’s seen in the Crime Stoppers movement over three decades is the technology available, especially social media, to get word out to the public about unsolved crimes and to receive tips from them.

The other big change, said Millar, is the role of the Crime Stoppers co-ordinator. He says it has gone from being a police officer that investigated the cases based on direct tips to an officer that now simply takes notes based on tips from the public and passes that information on to other investigators, not getting involved.

“The co-ordinator is seconded to Crime Stoppers (by the local police service) and takes information (from the public) and distributes it where it’s needed,” he said.

“If a person (tipster) identifies themselves, the call is ended,” he said.

Millar said many cases, from murders to drug dealing, have been solved worldwide since the first Crime Stoppers chapter was formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July 1976, following a fatal shooting in that city. An anonymous tip helped police arrest two people in the case later that year.

The Crime Stoppers International website states that since 1976 its programs worldwide have been responsible for more than a million arrests and the seizure of more than US$10 billion in illegal drugs.

“There are so many cases solved,” said Millar, who recalled a high-profile Toronto murder that was solved through Crime Stoppers.

Toronto police undercover officer William ‘Bill’ Hancox, 32, was on a stakeout in Scarborough on Aug. 4, 1998 when he was stabbed to death in his unmarked vehicle.

An anonymous tip came in to police a day or two later. Police found two female suspects sitting on a porch in Toronto. They were arrested, eventually both convicted of second-degree murder and given life sentences.

“The police might have taken months and months, and gone in a totally different direction” if not for the Crime Stoppers tip early in the investigation, said Millar.

The tipster in the Hancox case even came forward publicly in order to testify at the trial of the two women, a very unusual circumstance, which is why he can talk about it now, said Millar.

“…you are looking after your own community,” he said of the tips program, “(and) a local tip can lead to an international investigation.”

Cal Millar is probably better known by older readers as a newspaperman. He worked for the Toronto Telegram from 1967-71. When that paper folded he joined the new Toronto Sun and worked there from 1971-83. He was at the Toronto Star from 1983-2004. Millar ran for Burlington city council in Ward 5 in 2010 finishing a close second to winner Paul Sharman out of seven candidates. His books are available at Amazon.com.                                                                                       

To leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of Halton, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIP201 with your message to CRIMES (274637) or visit  www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.

7/28/2015 - Halton Continues to Have The Lowest Crime Severity Index of all Large Municipalities in Canada
On July 22nd, 2015, Statistics Canada released their annual report on crime in Canada.  The report, “Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2014”, provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as reported by police services across the country in 2014.  
According to the data released, Halton had:
• The lowest Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 15th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities (municipalities with populations in excess of 10,000). 
• The lowest Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 19th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities. 
• The lowest Non-Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 15th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities. 
• The lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate, and property crime rate, of the 12 largest municipalities in Ontario. 
• The lowest crime rate since Halton’s regionalization in 1974 (down 7.9% in 2014).

Halton’s lower index values are consistent with crime trends across Canada, as Statistics Canada reported that the Crime Severity Index had declined nationally by three percent in 2014.

“While we have further reduced crime, to the lowest level since 1974, we have also continued to further increase our clearance rates of crimes across the region,” said Chief Stephen Tanner  “Our clearance rates increased a further 3% in 2014 to 47.1%, and from a weighted crime severity index clearance rate perspective, this is one of the highest in the province.  In addition, so far in 2015, we are already ahead of 2014.”

Chief Tanner said “Our vision is to be THE Leader in community safety and policing excellence and by working closely with those we serve, we have continued to be just that. Once again, the Region of Halton can be very proud of the fact that we have the lowest crime severity index of all municipalities across Canada with a population over 100,000. In fact, in 2014, we had the 15th lowest crime severity of 303 municipalities of all sizes”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the men and women of the Halton Regional Police Service,  both civilian and sworn, and the citizens who we serve for making this tremendous record possible, and ultimately for making the Region of Halton the safest that it can be.”  Chief Tanner

Statistics Canada introduced the Crime Severity Index in 2009 as a measure of severity of crimes committed in Canada. Crimes are assigned “seriousness weights” which are determined by the number of people convicted of the crime who spend time in jail, and how much jail time those individuals serve. To calculate the Crime Severity Index, the number of incidents for each offence is multiplied by the weight of that offence.
6/30/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton at Oakville Ribfest

Attending Ribfest for the First Time


Grade 11 student

Christ The King Catholic Secondary

Georgetown, Ontario

As a newbie to the Ribfest festivities, I was excited to attend this province-wide event for the first time in my life. The purpose of Ribfest is to not only eat ribs from your favourite ribbers but also to serve as a weekend event that is family oriented. It’s designed for families to explore the different organizations that make a community better and enjoy the thrill of music from live bands too. So in order to fulfill the goal of attending Ribfest, I decided to go to the one in Oakville, which ran June 26 through June 28.

Being an avid volunteer, I wanted to become a part of this event somehow and help in any way possible and the perfect opportunity came about. It turned out that Halton Crime Stoppers was hosting a booth during the event so I decided to volunteer with them while enjoying the venue held at the Trafalgar Campus of Sheridan College.

Having volunteered before with Halton Crime Stoppers at community events, I was familiar with the way things were to be run. As members of the community approached the booth, I would help to reiterate the purpose of Crime Stoppers and the importance of solving as well as reducing any form of crime. It was interesting to speak to people interested in learning more about how Crime Stoppers operates and I would explain that everything is kept anonymous.

Knowing that this was a family event, the booth offered items for kids marked with the Crime Stoppers logo such as pencils, stickers, balloons, colouring books and even magnets. There was always the importance of letting people who visited the booth know that Crime Stoppers is separate from the police.

Oakville family RibfestIn terms of the event, I enjoyed volunteering and I also had a fabulous time listening to the bands that came out to perform on stage. However, I also loved the food that was offered at this amazing venue designed to bring the community of Oakville together for the weekend. I wasn’t too hungry at the time so I opted for a pulled pork sandwich instead of ribs. The lines were quite long and this was understandable as the weather stations predicted rain for Saturday and Sunday, which left Friday as the ideal day for attending the Oakville Ribfest. I didn’t mind as the ribbers put on quite a show when they were cooking the food for the customers. In fact, I went to Jack the Ribber and it was fun to watch the enthusiasm and expression the cooks would put into the food.

Overall, I had a terrific experience at my very first Ribfest and it was unique as I was able to volunteer with the Halton Crime Stoppers at the same time. I enjoyed the food and hopefully my appetite will allow me to enjoy some ribs next year. I definitely recommend this event to anyone and it is a much better experience when you tag along with family or friends.

The Ribfest is also very youth-oriented and I want to thank the Rotary Club of Oakville, Sheridan College and the Co-operators in hosting this amazing event and I will definitely be attending next year.

6/10/2015 - Cal Millar - Recipient of The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence

On Sunday, June 7, 2015 the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers awarded Mr. Cal Millar with The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence.

The Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers recognized Cal Millar for his more than 30 years of continuous service and dedication to the cause of Crime Stoppers.

Cal Millar`s involvement with Crime Stoppers dates back to 1984 when he was one of the founding fathers of Toronto Crime Stoppers. During his tenure with the Toronto program he extended his contributions to the Crime Stoppers cause by serving on the Board of Directions of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and also served as a Director with Crime Stoppers International.

Mr. Cal Millar, a retired general assignment reporter with the Toronto Star, has most recently served on the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Halton from 2007-2012, rotating between being a Director, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Board.

Cal Millar`s literacy expertise led to him writing several books that helped heighten awareness of the importance of Crime Stoppers, with his last book appropriately entitled :What is Crime Stoppers".

Cal Millar`s 30 years of contribution towards the Crime Stoppers movement falls within the scope of what one would normally see as being "significant or profound" - meaning the contribution exceeds what one would normally expect from a volunteer.

Congratulations Cal Millar! Thank you for all you do for Crime Stoppers of Halton and for Crime Stoppers programs around the world!

Mr. Cal Millar receiving The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence from OACS President Dave Forster.

Our Police Coordinator and Chair of the Board with award recipient Cal Millar.

6/3/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton PSA

Look out for our new Public Service Announcement playing at Cineplex Theaters this summer. Thank you to Economical Insurance for sponsoring our initiative and to Cineplex for making this possible!

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PSA Schedule:

May 29 - June 25 in Oakville (2081 Winston Park Drive)

June 26 - July 23 in Burlington (1250 Brant Street)

July 31 - August 27 in Milton (1175 Maple Avenue)

6/1/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton seeks Jailbirds for Jail-A-Thon fundraiser


In October 2015, there will mock trials for willing participants at a kangaroo court and jailbirds will spend time in a makeshift slammer while raising bail to win their release.

All the proceeds will go directly to Crime Stoppers of Halton that is helping make the regional municipality of Halton Region one of the safest in Canada to raise a family and do business.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The date in October is yet to be determined. Please check our website and social media for updates.

The funds will be used to pay out tip rewards for information that helps solve crime and to raise awareness on the Crime Stoppers program.

Community members interested in spending a little time behind bars to raise both funds and awareness for Crime Stoppers of Halton are asked to call 905-825-4747 x 5139 or email haltoncrimestoppers@cogeco.net.

To donate online to the Jail-A-Thon fundraiser, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/crime-stoppers-of-halton-inc/Jail-A-Thon/. 

About Crime Stoppers of Halton
Crime Stoppers of Halton helps keep the community safe from crime. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that helps solve and deter crime by providing the community with a means of reporting criminal activity with guaranteed anonymity. Rewards of up to $2,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest. Crime Stoppers operates in cooperation with police, the media, and the community, offering a service that allows you to anonymously give tips on criminal activity over the phone (1-800-222-8477),
online, or by texting "tip201" plus your message to 274637. To further protect you, Crime Stoppers does not record phone calls or subscribe to Call Display.


For further information, contact:

Detective Constable Paul Proteau

Crime Stoppers of Halton

(T) 905.825.4747 ext. 5118 or (C) 905.808.7423


5/9/2015 - Police Day

Volunteering on annual Police Day of Halton Regional Police Service



Grade 11 student

Christ The King Catholic Secondary

Georgetown, Ontario

Being a part of the community, I am always concerned with the safety and well being of others around me. As I started volunteering, I noticed that there were organizations in communities dedicated to assisting the public in terms of general safety. A great example of an organization that helps to solve and deter crime through the means of reporting criminal activity anonymously is none other than Crime Stoppers. As an avid volunteer, I decided to become a part of the local volunteer not-for-profit at the Crime Stoppers of Halton. I received the opportunity to become a Crime Stoppers volunteer and I feel extremely privileged to volunteer for such a great cause.

As my first venture with Crime Stoppers of Halton, I have the opportunity to raise awareness on the cause of this not-for-profit at the annual event of Police Day. This event is held on the second Saturday of May each year at the Police Headquarters in Oakville. The purpose behind this event for the Halton Regional Police Service is to be able to build effective partnerships with members of the diverse and growing community of Halton Region. This is a perfect event for people of all ages and interests in order to enhance the understanding between the police and the general public. This daylong celebration of representing policing in the Halton Region offers all visitors the opportunity to learn about law enforcement on a first-hand basis with the use of interactive presentations.

This year’s Police Day was held on Saturday, May 9 and the centralized theme focused on “Community Mobilization”.  It was the 14th annual Police Day of the Halton Regional Police Service and it really brought the greater community closer together with the local police. I enjoyed the K9 unit demonstration along with the Tactical Rescue Unit that was shown twice. It was great to see the community at large enjoying the services provided by the police and I think this really left a positive effect about the police force on everyone.

During the day, I also had the chance to help man the Crime Stoppers of Halton booth and visited other displays within the auditorium as well. I had fun handing out “swag” to people who came by and it included pencils, colouring books, stickers and fridge magnets designed to raise awareness about Crime Stoppers. However, I was also able to take time off to visit other displays and witness various presentations on this day. I connected and networked with other branches of the Halton Regional Police Service such as the Identity Theft Unit and Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit.

Not only were the police highlighted, but also organizations promoting community safety. An example of this is when I visited the Victim Services Unit where I learned about the charity known as SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services). I was also intrigued by the awareness that the Canadian Centre for Child Protection was raising on the issue of keeping all teens safe from online sexual exploitation. Along with the fabulous displays, it was also a beautiful day outside allowing for live bands to perform on stage and people were able to enjoy a barbecue provided by Troy’s Diner on picnic tables.

Overall, I had a great time on promoting the cause of Crime Stoppers and it was a great opportunity to let people know about this local volunteer organization that helps keep our communities safe and sound.

5/8/2015 - Police Appreciation

On Friday, May 8, 2015 Crime Stoppers of Halton delivered donuts, timbits and heart balloons to Halton Regional Police Service officers to thank them for all they do to help keep Halton Region a safe community and their support of Crime Stoppers.

We would also like to thank Tim Horton`s head office and their location on Third Line and the North Service Road West (587 Third Line) for donating the donuts and timbits.


5/6/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton Supports McHappy Day

In return for the support Crime Stoppers of Halton has received from our local McDonald`s, our volunteers decided to help out on McHappy Day 2015. On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, McDonald`s donated $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal and any hot McCafe beverage to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Our volunteers wore their Crime Stoppers of Halton t-shirts and supported McDonald`s located at 375 Iroquois Shore Road and at 210 North Service Road West (Dorval Crossing, East Plaza).

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