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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Crime Stoppers in Danger of Folding

Regional | by Robyn Garvey  

Officials looking for money from local municipalities to keep the organization afloat

Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce is in serious danger of folding.

President Betty Egerdeen is urgently petition every municipality across Grey and Bruce to donate 2 thousand dollars each year for the next 5 years to keep the organization afloat.

She says Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce is at a crisis point, as there are not enough funds left to support this program for the next two years.

The organization works with a budget of 90 thousand dollars a year.

The budget covers the salary of one administrative person, as well as software, insurance, utility costs, advertising, promotional material and the cash pay-outs to tipsters.

Egerdeen says many people don't realize that Crime Stoppers is a volunteer run not-for-profit organization that does not receive direct funding from government or police.

Over the last 30 years, tips provided to Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce have led to: the solving of 2,613 cases, more than 1,590 arrests and the seizure of nearly $52 million in stolen property and illegal drugs and as well as cash rewards for tips of more than $256,500.

In 2017, 544 tips were received, $2,460 of property was recovered, $76 thousand dollars in drugs seized, 6 thousand dollars of rewards paid out as well as 26 arrests were made, 23 cases cleared and 80 charges laid.

Egerdeen says the statistics speak for themselves, she says Crime Stoppers works.

But in order to continue to do this good work, she says municipalities need to buy into the program with their own support.

Crime Stoppers’ operating expenses and the rewards paid out are entirely funded by donation and fundraising.

Egerdeen says unless municipalities step up, Grey Bruce may very well lose this valuable resource.

Brockton Council made a recent donation of 500 dollars towards Crime Stoppers.

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