St. Thomas and Aylmer Crime Stoppers are celebrating 30 years in the community. The 30 year anniversary was marked at their annual appreciation dinner on Thursday night (January 10) at the St. Thomas Seniors Centre.
Crime Stoppers allows people to report tips and criminal activity anonymously to police with the tipsters then eligible for cash rewards.
St. Thomas was one of the first communities in Ontario to have Crime Stoppers and it is now in over 40 communities in the province and 26 countries worldwide.
Police Coordinator for Crime Stoppers Lois Hardman says that it was Vern Huston of Huston’s Fine Furniture that brought idea to St. Thomas in 1988.
Hardman says that in the last 30 years Crime Stoppers local tips have led to the recovery of over $16 million in stolen property and narcotics and close to 1,000 arrests.
To submit a tip by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or submit a tip online through their website.