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Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers

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.

Our History

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).

What We Do

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.

How We Operate

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.

WE ARE NOT THE POLICE!

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan details can be found here.

You Stay Anonymous……Criminals Don’t!!!!

Dear Suspect

On the day that these pictures of you were taken, you decided to enter a store in the Uptown Shopping Centre and cause quite the stir. Store security noticed you skateboarding around grabbing numerous pieces of product off the shelves and attempting to conceal them on your person. 

When security was able to catch up and confront you, you made the decision to strike one security officer in the face with your skateboard. As a result of the assault, the security officer suffered a cut, which required stitches and their teeth now require extensive dental work to repair the damage you caused. 

We are going to share your pictures with our amazing followers, so that they will be able to give us your name. 

Not even a sick kick-flip will get you out of this pickle. 

See you soon!

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers

If you know who this suspect is and you want to anonymously provide us with his name, please call 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca to submit a tip online. 

24-9485
Hey Greater Victoria

West Shore RCMP is looking to identify this suspect who on June 6th, entered a store in the 1900 block of Sooke Road and stole a $1300 sound bar. 

Suspect male is described as: 
 -Caucasian Male in his 40’s
-Approximately 5’7” tall
-medium build
-wearing a grey baseball cap, grey jacket, white t-shirt, grey

If you recognize this suspect and you want to tell us their name anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca. If you want to speak with Police directly, please call West Shore RCMP at (250) 474-2264.

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Hey Greater Victoria

Saanich Police are looking for your help in identifying this suspect who attempted to fraudulently cash stolen cheques at a local bank. 

If you recognize this suspect and you want to tell us their name anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477. You may also submit a tip online by visiting www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca. 

24-8715
Hey Greater Victoria

Saanich Police are seeking assistance in identifying a suspect involved in an incident at a gas station in the 3300 block of Douglas Street. 

If you recognize the suspect and wish to provide information anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a tip online at www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca. 

24-9108
Hey Greater Victoria

Saanich Police are looking to identify this suspect who on May 25th entered a grocery store in the 3900 block of Quadra and stole over $500.00 in product. 

If you recognize this person and you want to tell us their name anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477. You may also submit a tip online at www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca

24-9273
Dear Suspect

On the day that these photos of you were taken, you decided that you would take the liberty of helping yourself to a brand-new cooler and a rug. Sadly, you failed to pay for either of these items before walking out of the door.

While you chill out with your stolen property, we will be sharing your pictures with our amazing followers who will most certainly tell us your name. 

Maybe you’d like to turn yourself in? It would be a whole lot cooler if you did (alright alright alright). 

See you soon. 

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers

Amazing followers, if you know who this suspect is and you would like to pull the rug out from underneath of him, you can tell us his name anonymously by calling 1-800-222-8477. You may also submit a tip online by visiting www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca.
 
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Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing is a significant threat to our oceans resources and eco systems. It also threatens the livelihood of law-abiding fish harvesters.

Do you know someone involved in illegal fishing activity? If so, you can report them anonymously to us by calling 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at victoriacrimestoppers.ca.
James Bertram HANEVELD is currently wanted by police for some unanswered warrants. They are for Driving whilst Prohibited, Driving while suspended and Breach of probation.
If you know where he is hiding you can call Saanich Police or tell us anonymously.
Call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca
2019-22396
Hey Greater Victoria

@vicpdcanada are looking to locate and arrest Isaac Tobin TOWSLEY, who is WANTED on numerous Firearm related warrants. 

https://victoriacrimestoppers.ca/wanted_persons/isaac-tobin-towsley/

If you know his whereabouts, you can call Police directly, or to remain anonymous, please call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca

If you tip leads to his arrest, you could be eligible for a CASH reward of up to $2000.00
@saanichpolice would like help in identifying the 2 males pictured here. 
They were seen on 2 separate occasions in suspicious circumstances. The first was on March 16th in the Lambrick Park area where they approached a young girl and asked for her phone number and address.
The second was on April 4th where they parked their white car near a girl at a bus stop near interurban and Wilkinson Road and offered her a ride. The girl ignored them, and they drove off.
In both incidents the men have been described as of East Indian appearance. The younger one is between 20-30 years of age with dark hair and the older male is between 40-50 with a heavy East Indian accent and wears a dark-coloured turban.
If you know who they are you can call Saanich Police or tell us anonymously.
Call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca
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