GENERAL APATHY AND FEAR OF REPRISAL WERE TWO MAJOR PROHIBITIONS MITIGATING THE PUBLIC COMING FORTH WITH INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CRIME.
Crime Stoppers is a partnership of the public, the police, and the media which provides the community with a proactive program for people to anonymously assist the police in solving crime.
Crime Stoppers was the brain child of Canadian born Greg MacAleese, a Detective with the Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico in 1976. MacAleese had run out of leads in a homicide investigation in which a young gas station attendant was robbed then murdered. For no other apparent reason then to eliminate him as a witness the suspects blasted him twice with a sawed off shot gun prior to fleeing the scene. Since the gas station was located on a busy street corner and the murder took place during dusk hours, MacAleese decided to appeal to the public for assistance. He was aware that general apathy and fear of reprisal were two major prohibitions mitigating against the public coming forth with information concerning the crime.
MacAleese approached the local television cable company and taped a staged re-enactment on location and aired the tape over the next 24 hour period. He established a tips line at the office where he would receive calls from anyone who would call to provide information concerning the homicide, guaranteeing anonymity to the “Tipster”. The guarantee of anonymity was intended to overcome the fear of retribution and MacAleese offered a $300.00 cash reward from his own pocket to overcome apathy.
Within twelve hours of broadcasting the re-enactment, MacAleese received several calls and the case was solved as a direct result of a tipster who reported observing the suspect vehicle fleeing the gas station parking lot at a high rate of speed.
The coalition between the media and the police resulted in the first Crime Stoppers program being spawned. From this experience MacAleese felt the public should play a lead role in this program so he drafted the services of several prominent citizens to serve as a governing Board of Directors for the crime fighting organization.
The partnership of the media, the police and the community forming a union against the fight against crime was in place and the concept spread rapidly to a point where today there are over 1,000 programs internationally of which 81 are operating in Canada and almost 40 in Ontario alone.
Witness a crime or knowledge of crime about to occur:
1. Tipster calls 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or can go online to www.1800222tips.com. *Free call on payphone*
2. Crime Stoppers receives information anonymously – no personal information taken, no call display, encrypted email
3. Information is passed to York Regional Police Investigators to look into crime and to perform their own investigation on the information provided by tipster.
4. York Regional Police find enough evidence to arrest and lay charges against suspect(s). Investigators relay information to Crime Stoppers to determine reward for tipster.
OR Investigators inform Crime Stoppers that not enough information to proceed with arrest or charges.
If this is URGENT or an EMERGENCY, please CONTACT POLICE DIRECTLY BY DIALING 911. We only accept tips over the web by clicking here. This will ensure your privacy and anonymity. We DO NOT accept tips sent to our e-mail address or office phone number listed below or using the contact form on this website as this may allow the tipster to be identified. If you wish to provide a tip by phone please call our toll free number at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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Mailing Address: 12 - 16715 Yonge Street Suite 286, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X4
Fax: (905) 895-3839