About Lethbridge & Southern Alberta Crime Stoppers
The mission of Crime Stoppers is, “to create a safer, more secure community.”
Crime Stoppers, through its relationship with the Police Service, Public, and Media, provides an indispensable service. Without Crime Stoppers and the guarantee of anonymity it provides to those who call in or submit tips, many criminal cases would go unsolved.
To ensure its success, Crime Stoppers depends on donations from individuals and corporations. Thanks to the tremendous support the program has received, Crime Stoppers has been truly successful.
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that “Someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime” and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
- A fear of REPRISAL
- An attitude of APATHY, and
- A reluctance to get INVOLVED
Crime Stoppers resolves these concerns by:
- Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
- Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.
Three Essential Elements Make Up a Crime Stoppers Program:
The Community: Citizens become more involved and make a strong contribution towards solving crime in their communities.
The Media: Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes, and special events are publicized on a regular basis by the media.
The Police: A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well-publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special Code number and NEVER give their names. If, after the investigation, the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward.
Tipsters can also submit their tips online while continuing to remain anonymous.
The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by Crime Stoppers tips. The Crime Stoppers programs worldwide have solved over a half a million crimes and recovered over 6 billion dollars worth of stolen property and illegal drugs.