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Crime Stoppers making city safer

Prince George statistics show that Crime Stoppers works well to make the community a safer place to live.

Prince George statistics show that Crime Stoppers works well to make the community a safer place to live.

Since 1991 when the round-the-clock program for anonymous reporting of crime information was established, there have been about 7,500 calls received, said Jack Hooper, president.

During the past 19 years, Crime Stoppers has recovered a whopping $17 million in narcotics and approved about 500 cash rewards

Since 1991 Crime Stoppers has been influential in about 1,400 arrests and the recovery of about $2.52 million in stolen property.

Hooper said January - Crime Stoppers Month - is the one month in the year when members make a special effort to let everyone know about the program and the great success it is.

"We are proud of how effective the program has been over the years and we would like to thank the residents of Prince George for making our program one of the best in the country."

This year board members will promote the program during the Prince George Spruce Kings games on Jan. 23 with information and opportunities for residents to join the team, Hooper said.

The program, in partnership with the police, media and community, is a non-profit organization providing 24-hour service on its Tips Line (1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.crimestoppers.bc.ca).

When information leads to an arrest, rewards of up to $2,000 are paid.

Hooper said the board of directors meets monthly to consider tips and rewards to be given in conjunction with the guidelines. For more information visit: www.crimestoppers.bc.ca

--btrick@pgcitizen.ca