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11/23/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton Raises Awareness on Contraband Tobacco and Organized Crime

This morning Crime Stoppers of Halton in partnership with the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) launched their new awareness campaign on contraband tobacco.

Crime Stoppers of Halton and the NCACT`s joint campaign is to inform the residents of Halton about on how this illegal trade impacts them and directly funds other illicit activity involving firearms and drug smuggling.Criminal activity across southern Ontario is being funded by the proceeds from the sale of contraband tobacco. Access to illegal cigarettes is also fuelling youth smoking.

Please keep an eye out for our new transit ads around Halton Region.

If you have any information on someone manufacturing and/or trafficking contraband cigarettes, you can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of Halton by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting TIP201 with your message to CRIMES (274637), or by submitting a tip online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.

11/16/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton Document Shredding Fundraiser

On Saturday, October 31 from 9am - 3pm Crime Stoppers of Halton hosted a document shredding fundraiser at the Halton Regional Centre.


Halton residents and businesses brought their confidential documents to be shredded by the beast (Filebank`s mobile shredding truck) to combat identity theft. 



Thank you to everyone who supported our event, we raised over $1,800!! In all, we shredded over 4,000 pounds of confidential documents to reduce the threat of identity theft in Halton Region.


Thank you to our partners at Filebank for making this event possible!


10/19/2015 - Jail-A-Thon 2015

On Saturday, October 17, 2015 Crime Stoppers of Halton hosted their Jail-A-Thon fundraiser at Burlington Mall.


Local celebrities and community members faced a mock trial, were "charged" and "locked up" in our makeshift jail to raise both funds and awareness.



We had great support from the Halton community, and we would like to thank all those that volunteered to participate in the fundraiser, those who promoted the fundraiser and those who donated.


In all, we raised $6,000 which will help us pay out cash rewards for tips that lead to an arrest and fund awareness initiatives.

10/15/2015 - Halton Crime Stoppers inviting residents to `Feed the Beast` on Halloween
Oakville Beaver
By David Lea 

Crime Stoppers of Halton is inviting residents to “Feed the Beast” on Halloween and protect their identity.

The crime fighting organization said personal documents lying around a house or small business are an identity thief’s treasure and called on residents to eliminate that risk by feeding those documents into a mobile document shredding van (the Beast) at the Halton Region Centre, 1151 Bronte Rd., lot A, in Oakville on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Residents can safely and securely dispose of their documents containing sensitive personal information between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Beast will destroy a large box of identity documents for $15; a banker’s box worth of personal data for $10; and a grocery bag worth of documents for $5.

Cash only.

The Beast is courtesy of the document shredding company FileBank.

All proceeds support Crime Stoppers of Halton and allow them to continue to do things like offer cash rewards for tips on criminal activity.

“At Crime Stoppers of Halton, we’re very grateful for our partnership with FileBank that lets us bring this popular and important event to the community,” said Norm Bellefontaine, chair of Crime Stoppers of Halton.

“The Beast is awesome and FileBank’s highly-trained employees always provide first-class service.”

To find out more, visit www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or call Crime Stoppers at 905-825-5139.



10/8/2015 - Going to `jail` in Burlington for a good cause
Burlington Post

When Halton Regional Police asked some high school students to be associated with jail, they gladly got involved.

Their involvement was in building a ‘jail’ for a police fundraiser.

Students at Corpus Christi Secondary School in Burlington built the enclosure that will house local ‘jailbirds’ as part of an annual fundraising initiative for Crime Stoppers of Halton.

The Jail-A-Thon is at Burlington Mall, near the food court, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Community leaders and citizens volunteer their time to play the role of a ‘judge,’ ‘Crown attorney’ and ‘jailbird’ during mock trials held throughout the day.

The ‘jailbirds’ are ‘charged’, brought to a kangaroo court and must plead their case in front of the ‘judge’ and ‘Crown attorney’. Their ‘bail’ is set and must be raised in order for them to gain their freedom from the walls of the makeshift jail.

This year the pseudo-jail was fashioned by Grades 9-12 students overseen by Corpus Christi teacher Rick Karniej.

“Paul asked me if I and my students would be interested in a project in which a new ‘jail’ could be constructed for their Jail-A-Thon event, as the old one was too heavy and cumbersome,” Karniej said of the request from Halton police Det.-Const. Paul Proteau, the Crime Stoppers of Halton program co-ordinator.

“I jumped at the chance knowing that my students would relish the opportunity to help out…. We used materials donated from the Burlington Home Depot,” added Karniej.

This year, guest ‘jailbirds’ will be detained in the jail designed and built by the Corpus Christi students.

“It is such an awesome thing to have these young adults involved, and as a result of their craftsmanship we will have many more successful Jail-A-Thons for years to come,” said Jennifer Olchowy, past board chair of Crime Stoppers of Halton.

Acting as Crown attorneys this year will be Mayor Rick Goldring, MPP Eleanor McMahon and entertainer Gordie Tapp.

Tom Sutherland and Burlington federal election candidates Karina Gould and Mike Wallace are the judges.

At least 10 people are expected to be pleading their case for bail from the jail.

“As Crime Stoppers is separate from the police and does not get any government money in order to attend events, hand out swag or information pamphlets and pay tip rewards, they need to raise money from fundraisers and donations,” said Proteau.

There will be a loonie/toonie mile display set up in the mall with two-sided tape deployed in the hope a mile of loonies/toonies will be collected.

E-mail haltoncrimestoppers@cogeco.net or call 905-634-1831, ext. 5139, to sign up for the Jail-A-Thon.


9/28/2015 - 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Was A Success

On behalf of Crime Stoppers of Halton, I would like to thank our participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers for their generous support of our 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. It turned out to be a wonderful success! In all, we raised over $14,000 which will help us pay out cash rewards for tips that lead to an arrest and fund awareness initiatives to educate those living and working in Halton Region of the Crime Stoppers program.

We could not have done it without their help!  It really turned out to be an enjoyable and exciting day. They are helping us keep Halton Region as the safest regional municipality in Canada to raise a family or do business. Together, with their support, we hope to continue this annual event that will bring the community together and raise funds for this important organization every year. 

We hope to see you at next year`s Tournament!



Rod Piukkala

Golf Committee Chair

Crime Stoppers of Halton                                                                                                                        

8/11/2015 - Hudson`s Bay Giving Day

We are participating in Hudson`s Bay Giving Day on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Hudson`s Bay in Oakville Place.

The Giving Day takes place from 10AM - 9PM. Tickets are only $5 and Crime Stoppers of Halton keeps 100% of our ticket sales! This will help us pay out cash rewards for tips that lead to an arrest, and educate our community on the Crime Stoppers program.

What is Giving Day?

Giving Day is hosted by Hudson`s Bay stores across Canada. On Thursday, September 17, 2015 Hudson Bay stores are offering discounts and in-store events to Giving Bay ticketholders. With a ticket you receive 20% off almost all items in store when using your HBC MasterCard or Credit Card or 15% off with any other form of tender. Ticket holders will also be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win Giving Day store Prizes!

How do I purchase a ticket?

Charities are selling tickets to Giving Day for $5 and they keep 100% of their ticket sales. Crime Stoppers of Halton is selling tickets for the Giving Day at Hudson`s Bay in Oakville Place. 

To purchase a ticket and donate to Crime Stoppers of Halton, please contact us at 905-825-4747 x 5139 or at haltoncrimestoppers@cogeco.net

For more information, please view the Giving Day FAQ`s.

7/29/2015 - Reporter, author Cal Millar wins provincial Crime Stoppers award

Tim Whitnell

Burlington Post  

Reporter, author Cal Millar wins provincial Crime Stoppers awardBurlington resident Cal Millar recently received The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers for his 30 years of volunteer work with the provincial organization.

A former longtime journalist and current author from Burlington has received a provincial award for his long association with the Crime Stoppers program.

Cal Millar, a 71-year-old Burlington resident, received The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers at this year’s Ontario Crime Stoppers conference on June 7 in London, Ont.

The award’s recipient is selected by a majority vote of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.

Millar was nominated by Crime Stoppers of Halton.

His involvement with Crime Stoppers dates to 1984 when he was one of the founders of Toronto Crime Stoppers, the fourth such group in Ontario. Hamilton had the first in 1983.

During his time with the Toronto program he extended his contributions to the Crime Stoppers cause by serving on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and also served as a director with Crime Stoppers International.

He has written several books about Crime Stoppers and travelled across North America speaking about his books and the program.

His fifth book, published in 2014, is entitled What Is Crime Stoppers.

A sixth book, about the foundation of Crime Stoppers, is due out in 2016.

“It’s not a police program, it’s a community program operated by a group of volunteers,” Millar said of its structure.

A volunteer board of directors reviews tips in relation to cases that have been solved and decides if a cash reward is to be paid to the anonymous providers of information.

More than 1,700 Crime Stoppers programs operate in about three-dozen countries, but there are notable exceptions and circumstances.

“England only has one program, one phone number, to handle the whole country. Australia went with a standard (phone) line but has programs in each state,” says Millar.

He admits it’s a struggle to get people in some countries to trust that Crime Stoppers is an anonymous service that doesn’t record telephone calls and does not have call display, which shows the incoming phone number being used by a tipster.

As an example, Millar noted the tiny southern Caribbean island Trinidad and Tobago — with a high crime rate and known as a transit point for drug smuggling between Venezuela and to other parts of the West Indies and beyond — has a Crime Stoppers program but the phone line is redirected to Miami, Florida.

He said a mistrust of local authorities in Trinidad by its own people is the reason for the unusual set-up.

Some of the small island’s tipsters, he said, are worried that someone answering the phone might recognize their voice and that that information could endanger their life or that of someone they know.

And in a country where a Crime Stoppers program might be needed the most there isn’t one, said Millar.

“There is no Crime Stoppers in Mexico because of the total distrust of authorities.”

One of the biggest changes Millar says he’s seen in the Crime Stoppers movement over three decades is the technology available, especially social media, to get word out to the public about unsolved crimes and to receive tips from them.

The other big change, said Millar, is the role of the Crime Stoppers co-ordinator. He says it has gone from being a police officer that investigated the cases based on direct tips to an officer that now simply takes notes based on tips from the public and passes that information on to other investigators, not getting involved.

“The co-ordinator is seconded to Crime Stoppers (by the local police service) and takes information (from the public) and distributes it where it’s needed,” he said.

“If a person (tipster) identifies themselves, the call is ended,” he said.

Millar said many cases, from murders to drug dealing, have been solved worldwide since the first Crime Stoppers chapter was formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July 1976, following a fatal shooting in that city. An anonymous tip helped police arrest two people in the case later that year.

The Crime Stoppers International website states that since 1976 its programs worldwide have been responsible for more than a million arrests and the seizure of more than US$10 billion in illegal drugs.

“There are so many cases solved,” said Millar, who recalled a high-profile Toronto murder that was solved through Crime Stoppers.

Toronto police undercover officer William ‘Bill’ Hancox, 32, was on a stakeout in Scarborough on Aug. 4, 1998 when he was stabbed to death in his unmarked vehicle.

An anonymous tip came in to police a day or two later. Police found two female suspects sitting on a porch in Toronto. They were arrested, eventually both convicted of second-degree murder and given life sentences.

“The police might have taken months and months, and gone in a totally different direction” if not for the Crime Stoppers tip early in the investigation, said Millar.

The tipster in the Hancox case even came forward publicly in order to testify at the trial of the two women, a very unusual circumstance, which is why he can talk about it now, said Millar.

“…you are looking after your own community,” he said of the tips program, “(and) a local tip can lead to an international investigation.”

Cal Millar is probably better known by older readers as a newspaperman. He worked for the Toronto Telegram from 1967-71. When that paper folded he joined the new Toronto Sun and worked there from 1971-83. He was at the Toronto Star from 1983-2004. Millar ran for Burlington city council in Ward 5 in 2010 finishing a close second to winner Paul Sharman out of seven candidates. His books are available at Amazon.com.                                                                                       

To leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of Halton, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIP201 with your message to CRIMES (274637) or visit  www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.

7/28/2015 - Halton Continues to Have The Lowest Crime Severity Index of all Large Municipalities in Canada
On July 22nd, 2015, Statistics Canada released their annual report on crime in Canada.  The report, “Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2014”, provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as reported by police services across the country in 2014.  
According to the data released, Halton had:
• The lowest Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 15th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities (municipalities with populations in excess of 10,000). 
• The lowest Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 19th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities. 
• The lowest Non-Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 15th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities. 
• The lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate, and property crime rate, of the 12 largest municipalities in Ontario. 
• The lowest crime rate since Halton’s regionalization in 1974 (down 7.9% in 2014).

Halton’s lower index values are consistent with crime trends across Canada, as Statistics Canada reported that the Crime Severity Index had declined nationally by three percent in 2014.

“While we have further reduced crime, to the lowest level since 1974, we have also continued to further increase our clearance rates of crimes across the region,” said Chief Stephen Tanner  “Our clearance rates increased a further 3% in 2014 to 47.1%, and from a weighted crime severity index clearance rate perspective, this is one of the highest in the province.  In addition, so far in 2015, we are already ahead of 2014.”

Chief Tanner said “Our vision is to be THE Leader in community safety and policing excellence and by working closely with those we serve, we have continued to be just that. Once again, the Region of Halton can be very proud of the fact that we have the lowest crime severity index of all municipalities across Canada with a population over 100,000. In fact, in 2014, we had the 15th lowest crime severity of 303 municipalities of all sizes”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the men and women of the Halton Regional Police Service,  both civilian and sworn, and the citizens who we serve for making this tremendous record possible, and ultimately for making the Region of Halton the safest that it can be.”  Chief Tanner

Statistics Canada introduced the Crime Severity Index in 2009 as a measure of severity of crimes committed in Canada. Crimes are assigned “seriousness weights” which are determined by the number of people convicted of the crime who spend time in jail, and how much jail time those individuals serve. To calculate the Crime Severity Index, the number of incidents for each offence is multiplied by the weight of that offence.
6/30/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton at Oakville Ribfest

Attending Ribfest for the First Time


Grade 11 student

Christ The King Catholic Secondary

Georgetown, Ontario

As a newbie to the Ribfest festivities, I was excited to attend this province-wide event for the first time in my life. The purpose of Ribfest is to not only eat ribs from your favourite ribbers but also to serve as a weekend event that is family oriented. It’s designed for families to explore the different organizations that make a community better and enjoy the thrill of music from live bands too. So in order to fulfill the goal of attending Ribfest, I decided to go to the one in Oakville, which ran June 26 through June 28.

Being an avid volunteer, I wanted to become a part of this event somehow and help in any way possible and the perfect opportunity came about. It turned out that Halton Crime Stoppers was hosting a booth during the event so I decided to volunteer with them while enjoying the venue held at the Trafalgar Campus of Sheridan College.

Having volunteered before with Halton Crime Stoppers at community events, I was familiar with the way things were to be run. As members of the community approached the booth, I would help to reiterate the purpose of Crime Stoppers and the importance of solving as well as reducing any form of crime. It was interesting to speak to people interested in learning more about how Crime Stoppers operates and I would explain that everything is kept anonymous.

Knowing that this was a family event, the booth offered items for kids marked with the Crime Stoppers logo such as pencils, stickers, balloons, colouring books and even magnets. There was always the importance of letting people who visited the booth know that Crime Stoppers is separate from the police.

Oakville family RibfestIn terms of the event, I enjoyed volunteering and I also had a fabulous time listening to the bands that came out to perform on stage. However, I also loved the food that was offered at this amazing venue designed to bring the community of Oakville together for the weekend. I wasn’t too hungry at the time so I opted for a pulled pork sandwich instead of ribs. The lines were quite long and this was understandable as the weather stations predicted rain for Saturday and Sunday, which left Friday as the ideal day for attending the Oakville Ribfest. I didn’t mind as the ribbers put on quite a show when they were cooking the food for the customers. In fact, I went to Jack the Ribber and it was fun to watch the enthusiasm and expression the cooks would put into the food.

Overall, I had a terrific experience at my very first Ribfest and it was unique as I was able to volunteer with the Halton Crime Stoppers at the same time. I enjoyed the food and hopefully my appetite will allow me to enjoy some ribs next year. I definitely recommend this event to anyone and it is a much better experience when you tag along with family or friends.

The Ribfest is also very youth-oriented and I want to thank the Rotary Club of Oakville, Sheridan College and the Co-operators in hosting this amazing event and I will definitely be attending next year.


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