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The Program

Put simply it is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.

The Phone Call

Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers tips line phone. This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers police or civilian Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as “Crime of the Week” or such other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.

By guaranteeing a caller’s anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.

Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a not for profit organization (Charity). A civilian community board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the programs success. The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses. A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $2,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $2,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.

Does Crime Stoppers Work?

The answer is quite simply yes. Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offences.

  • a greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem
  • a willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation
  • improved relationships between police, media and the community

Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.

Poster Program

Sarnia Lambton Crime stoppers have initiated a new program allowing you, as a private citizen to advertise your crime, whether it be a theft, break and enter, damage or missing person. This poster will be paid for and distributed by you in cooperation and partnership with The Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers program.

Any information received through this initiative will be the property of the Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers program and will be handled in accordance with the practice set down by the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers

Please provide us with the following information by email or phone

  • name and address
  • phone and or fax
  • e-mail address
  • and a full description of your stolen property – damage – break & enter – missing property or persons.
  • Date and time of offence

Your submission will be considered and if accepted we will mail you a complete poster for you to photo copy and distribute in your community.

Should you have any further questions please phone 332-8477

To contact us with your information, e-mail us at contactus@sarnialambtoncrimestoppers.org