We are a community, media, and police cooperative program designed to involve the public in the fight against crime. We are located in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, on beautiful Vancouver Island.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the 3 key elements faced by law enforcement in generating information that inhibit community involvement: fear of reprisal, apathy and reluctance to get involved.
Crime Stoppers originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA in 1976, after a fatal shooting occurred.
Two weeks after the incident, police had no information and out of sheer desperation, Detective Greg MacAleese approached the local TV station requesting a reconstruction of the crime.
The re-enactment was produced and a reward of US$ 1,000.00 was offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.
Within 72 hours a person telephoned in identifying the car leaving the scene and supplied the vehicle registration. The person calling did not want to be identified.
Detective MacAleese then realized that fear of reprisal and apathy were the primary reasons why the public tended not to engage with Police on these matters. He subsequently designed a system where the public could anonymously provide details of crime events. This system focused on stimulating community involvement and participation, taking advantage of every possible media opportunity, especially electronic media, to publicise unsolved crimes; and offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and/or conviction.
Since its first chapter was officially formed in Albuquerque in 1976, Crime Stoppers programmes worldwide have been responsible for over a million arrests and the seizure of more than US$10 billion in illegal drugs.
Crime Stoppers now helps to solve a crime every 14 minutes somewhere in the world.
In September 1984 of the program that is now known as the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers began. We serve the Greater Victoria community: Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay, Central Saanich, Sidney/North Saanich, West Shore (View Royal, Langford, Metchosin), Sooke, Saltspring Island, and the Outer Gulf Islands (Galiano, Pender, Saturna, and Mayne Islands).
Crime Stoppers is a mechanism which is separate from the emergency police telephone number or other standard methods of contacting police, which allows a member of the community to provide information about criminal activity anonymously.
This allows a person to provide assistance to the authorities without being directly involved in the investigation process. Law enforcement authorities, especially the police, cannot solve many crimes on their own. Forensic science and investigative skills are necessary, but information from the public is critical.
Crime Stoppers recognises that someone other than criminals may have information about crime, and was developed to combat the public’s fear of reprisals, public apathy, and a reluctance to get involved.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is a registered not for profit organization, overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who are responsible for fund raising, public awareness and the distribution of awards. They also ensure that the program is being run in accordance with established Crime Stoppers protocol.
The day to day operations are the responsibility of our 2 civilian Program Coordinators whose positions and operational expenses are funded jointly by our partner police agencies. It is important to know though that all awareness campaigns and reward payments are solely funded through public donations and sponsorship. Without this support we would not be able to operate.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is an independent organization that takes tips from the public about crimes and shares that information with law enforcement agencies. We do not want to know who you are … we do not record your phone call, nor do we log your IP address. You will never have to testify in court.
If your tip leads to an arrest, charge, seizure of stolen property, drugs or illegal weapons a reward of up to $2000 may be offered.
Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active, and dedicated community representatives. Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community.
1 day ago
Lucas Darryl Bradwell, is currently wanted in connection with the brazen bank robbery that took place last week in Sidney. The Sidney RCMP have identified him as the suspect and are now looking for him.They think he is still on Vancouver Island. Lets make it really uncomfortable for him to stay here and share his picture as much as we can so everyone recognizes him, and he gets arrested.
If you already know where he is hiding and want to tell somebody anonymously then call us 1-800-222-8477. We can let the police know on your behalf. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Hey Central Saanich
Central Saanich police are looking for witnesses to a serious assault that occurred on Keating Cross Road in Central Saanich on Saturday July 13, 2019.
At approximately 8:35 pm, a male was found unconscious at a bus stop on the south side of Keating Cross Road near Butler Crescent. It is believed he was the victim of an assault that may have occurred in the bus stop shelter. The male, in his 30s, was taken to the Victoria General Hospital where he remains in serious condition.
Police would like information from any witnesses who saw the assault take place.
To report any information you might have anonymously, click the ‘Contact Us’ button or call us at 1-800-222-8477
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CSPS File Number 2019-2417 ... See MoreSee Less
Saanich police would like help in identifying the man pictured. He is responsible for an armed robbery at the Cloverdale Chevron Gas Station on Saturday June 29th at 10am.
The suspect is described as possibly Asian with a receding hair line or possibly even bald. He wore a grey and white hoodie, black jeans, grey gloves, sunglasses and a medical mask over his face.
If you know who he is then call us or submit a tip online. You will always remain anonymous and you could earn a reward
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