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3/19/2014 - Halton police use video to try to catch Sheridan stalker
Oakville Beaver

Halton police are hoping a video reenacting one of the recent attacks on women near Sheridan College will prompt more tips from the public, which could lead to the arrest of the man responsible.

The video, which was shot by CHCH News with the help of Crime Stoppers of Halton on Feb. 26, shows a young woman walking alone in a wooded area.

She is apparently listening to music on her cell phone and does not notice a masked man approaching her from behind.

The man throws the woman to the ground, attempts to commit a sexual assault, but flees when the woman screams and fights back.

Five attacks on women, similar to the one depicted in the video, have taken place near Sheridan between August last year and mid-February of this year.

Halton police believe the same man carried out all assaults.

He is described as between 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-7 with a slim-to-medium build.

He wore a dark jacket with a hood lined with a light-coloured material. He had a dark winter ski mask covering his face.

“These incidents have been ongoing since late August and we wanted to do a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling the issue,” said Det. Const. Paul Proteau, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

“There was a town hall meeting at Sheridan in February about these incidents and one of the things they talked about there was maybe doing a reenactment.”

Proteau said he approached Sheridan College’s drama department to find actors to play the victim and suspect in the video.

For the video’s location he selected Oakville’s Shell Park stating he did not want to re-victimize students by shooting it at Sheridan.

“Also if the bad guy is in the area I didn’t want him to see us filming about him,” said Proteau.

He said the video has been played on CHCH News and plays on monitors within Sheridan College.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or text TIP201 with the message to 274637.

3/15/2014 - Crime Stoppers Attends Alton Village Free Family Fun Skate

Thank you Randy Hart for inviting Crime Stoppers of Halton to the Alton Village Free Family Fun Skate.  It was a great opportunity to speak with community members and spread awareness about Crime Stoppers. 

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2/7/2014 - Crime Stoppers reaches out to seniors, youths and newcomers
Click to Enlarge D/C Paul Proteau and Crime Stoppers of Halton Chair Norm BellefontaineOakville Beaver

Crime Stoppers of Halton unveiled its 2014 theme Tuesday — Breaking the Code of Silence.

Halton Regional Police Det. Const. Paul Proteau, who co-ordinates the program, said it will make a special push to spread the Crime Stoppers message to students, seniors and newcomers.

Proteau said many newcomers aren’t aware of what Crime Stoppers is or does.

“Some places where they come from, police are not that well respected or trusted. In those countries, they don’t have Crime Stoppers and so they come here and they learn not only can they trust the police, but there is this anonymous way of giving information ... where they don’t have to testify in court and they can collect money if they want to,” said Proteau.

“With Milton basically exploding with a newcomer population, it really makes sense to make them aware of Crime Stoppers.”

And the growing seniors’ population makes it essential for those residents to be informed about Crime Stoppers, he said.

Awareness will be boosted through a variety of means.

Proteau said school visits have been very well received by local youths with tips sometimes coming in almost immediately after the presentation.

To appeal to students, Proteau said, young people in the Halton police Youth in Policing Initiative created videos explaining how Crime Stoppers works.

In one video, a boy witnesses a drug deal at his high school and texts a tip into Crime Stoppers.

Another video depicts a girl calling Crime Stoppers after she sees a student break into a locker and steal a cell phone.

“In that kind of group, there’s a stigma about ratting out not just your friends, but anyone,” said Norm Bellefontaine, chair of Crime Stoppers of Halton.

“The idea is, if you want a safe community, not just for yourself, but for your family and friends, you can use the Crime Stoppers service and you won’t be stigmatized in the same way you would be if you stepped forward.”

He said information about Crime Stoppers will be made available to newcomers through events such as Police Day and the annual ESINC (Emergency Services Introduction for New Canadians) Day.

Crime Stoppers will also work with the SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) program to boost awareness.

Bellefontaine said when someone witnesses criminal activity, they have a choice of helping the police by saying something or helping the criminal by remaining silent.

“When they decide not to get involved, they have made a very conscious decision to vote against community safety and actually support the criminal element,” he said. “It’s a very distinct decision and I don’t think they realize that.”

Proteau said Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display to ensure the anonymity of tipsters. A sender’s address is scrambled when tips are made via the web or by texting.

In a previous interview, Proteau noted defence lawyers have attempted to subpoena Crime Stoppers records or specific tips, but have failed in every instance because Canadian courts recognize the program’s importance.

Since its inception in 1988, tips made to Crime Stoppers of Halton have resulted in 1,049 arrests, 2,043 cases being cleared, $54,565 in rewards paid out, $2,470,037 worth of stolen property recovered, and $17,248,775 worth of drugs seized.

Crime Stoppers is a community-based charity, so it needs donations to operate. They can be made by calling 905-825-6000, ext. 5139, or at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.

Tips can be made to Crime Stoppers of Halton by calling 905-825-8477 (TIPS), visitingwww.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting ‘TIP201’ with your message to CRIMES (274637).


1/31/2014 - Winterfest 2014

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11/30/2013 - Community Key-A-Thon

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11/28/2013 - CHCH News Coverage of Crime Stoppers of Halton`s 2th Anniversary

11/28/2013 - Crime Stoppers of Halton Celebrates 25 Years in the Community

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6/26/2013 - 26th June, 2013: A Global Day of Solidarity in the Fight Against Illegal Drugs

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is held on the 26th June of each year, serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by the UN Member States on the creation of an international society free of drug abuse.

Crime Stoppers of Halton fully supports the UN initiative against illegal drugs and we encourage all citizens of the Region to support us in this effort," says Norman Bellefontaine, Chair of Crime Stoppers of Halton. "Since its incorporation as a registered charity in 1988, anonymous tips received from local citizens have accounted for almost 1,000 arrests and the seizure of over $17 million in illegal drugs.  Citizens providing tips to Crime Stoppers are guaranteed anonymity, will not be required to appear in court and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 should the tip lead to an arrest.  Together, we can help keep Halton Region as the safest community in Canada in which to live."

6/3/2013 - Crime Stoppers of Halton 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
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4/25/2013 - Burlington restaurants partner to fight crime

Crime Stoppers posters go up at locations across city

Crime Stoppers of Halton and the Burlington Restaurant Association are partnering for an anti-crime initiative.

Posters are being put up in several restaurants across Burlington as high visibility venues to help the Crime Stoppers of Halton program attract tips about criminal activity in its silver anniversary year.

The posters contain the image of a bartender with the caption ‘Your Server is not the only one Looking for a TIP!’

The inference is that Crime Stoppers relies on anonymous information from the public to help solve crimes and that there are several ways to contact Crime Stoppers including by phone, website, texting and a mobile bar code, which when scanned, takes a mobile device user directly to the website.

“I feel that the posters will be successful in soliciting tips for several reasons, first of which is the visibility of the Crime Stoppers brand. Also, the increased ways in which to contact and then report information,” said Crime Stoppers of Halton Co-ordinator Det.-Const. Paul Proteau.

“I chose Burlington as I’m a longtime resident of the city. I was also a uniform officer working the downtown core for many years. (and) I’ve worked closely with many of the owners and managers comprising the association’s membership.”

The Burlington Restaurant Association includes Emma’s Back Porch, Joe Dog’s Gasbar and Grill, Gator Ted’s, Rude Native, SB Prime, Eatalia, Pluckers on Plains Road, Pluckers on Walker’s Line, Honey West, The Martini House, The Queen’s Head, QB’s, Boston Manor and Judge and Jury.

Proteau said the anonymity of tipsters is essential to the program’s success.

“We do not subscribe to call display, calls are not recorded and use encription softwear to protect anonymity by scrambling cellphone and computer IP addresses. Tipsters do not testify in court.”

Although Crime Stoppers operates independently of police, with its own volunteer board of directors comprised of Halton citizens, its goal is to assist police in solving crimes that might otherwise go unsolved.

Individual rewards of up to $2,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable, non-profit organization that receives funding mainly through fundraising and donations.

In 2012, Crime Stoppers of Halton received 936 tips with 19 arrests made, 36 charges laid and 21 cases cleared. The value of drugs seized through tips was $307,900.

Twenty-seven tip rewards worth $3,325 were approved in 2012 with four paid worth a total of $650.

Since the Halton program began in 1988, nearly 13,000 tips have been received with almost 1,000 people arrested and 2,000 cases cleared.

Nearly $2.4 million in property has been recovered, $17M in drugs seized and 59 weapons confiscated.

More than 1,000 rewards have been approved overall worth $140,000 with $53,715 in rewards paid.

For more information, visit www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or call 905-634-1831, ext. 5139.

Article / Photograph courtesy of Burlington Post: http://www.insidehalton.com/news/business/article/1610420--burlington-restaurants-partner-to-fight-crime


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