Crime Stoppers of Halton and the Burlington Restaurant Association are partnering for an anti-crime initiative.
Posters are being put up in several restaurants across Burlington as high visibility venues to help the Crime Stoppers of Halton program attract tips about criminal activity in its silver anniversary year.
The posters contain the image of a bartender with the caption ‘Your Server is not the only one Looking for a TIP!’
The inference is that Crime Stoppers relies on anonymous information from the public to help solve crimes and that there are several ways to contact Crime Stoppers including by phone, website, texting and a mobile bar code, which when scanned, takes a mobile device user directly to the website.
“I feel that the posters will be successful in soliciting tips for several reasons, first of which is the visibility of the Crime Stoppers brand. Also, the increased ways in which to contact and then report information,” said Crime Stoppers of Halton Co-ordinator Det.-Const. Paul Proteau.
“I chose Burlington as I’m a longtime resident of the city. I was also a uniform officer working the downtown core for many years. (and) I’ve worked closely with many of the owners and managers comprising the association’s membership.”
The Burlington Restaurant Association includes Emma’s Back Porch, Joe Dog’s Gasbar and Grill, Gator Ted’s, Rude Native, SB Prime, Eatalia, Pluckers on Plains Road, Pluckers on Walker’s Line, Honey West, The Martini House, The Queen’s Head, QB’s, Boston Manor and Judge and Jury.
Proteau said the anonymity of tipsters is essential to the program’s success.
“We do not subscribe to call display, calls are not recorded and use encription softwear to protect anonymity by scrambling cellphone and computer IP addresses. Tipsters do not testify in court.”
Although Crime Stoppers operates independently of police, with its own volunteer board of directors comprised of Halton citizens, its goal is to assist police in solving crimes that might otherwise go unsolved.
Individual rewards of up to $2,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest.
Crime Stoppers is a charitable, non-profit organization that receives funding mainly through fundraising and donations.
In 2012, Crime Stoppers of Halton received 936 tips with 19 arrests made, 36 charges laid and 21 cases cleared. The value of drugs seized through tips was $307,900.
Twenty-seven tip rewards worth $3,325 were approved in 2012 with four paid worth a total of $650.
Since the Halton program began in 1988, nearly 13,000 tips have been received with almost 1,000 people arrested and 2,000 cases cleared.
Nearly $2.4 million in property has been recovered, $17M in drugs seized and 59 weapons confiscated.
More than 1,000 rewards have been approved overall worth $140,000 with $53,715 in rewards paid.
For more information, visit www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or call 905-634-1831, ext. 5139.
Article / Photograph courtesy of Burlington Post: http://www.insidehalton.com/news/business/article/1610420--burlington-restaurants-partner-to-fight-crime