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After 21-Years, The Numbers Add Up for Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers of Oxford is looking to raise its profile this month. January is Crime Stoppers awareness month, and the folks at Crime Stoppers of Oxford will have their display set up at various community events. That includes at the Tavistock Royals game this Saturday, January 19th against Milverton. They'll also be at the January 26th, charity hockey game between the OPP and East-Zorra-Tavistock Firefighters, dubbed "Guns n' Hoses". Police coordinator Constable Trevor Lamb says they'll be on hand at those events promoting the Crime Stoppers tip line. "It's completely, 100% anonymous. We do not want to know who's calling. We just want the information. We have an old phone in the office, it doesn't have call display and we don't ask who is calling. It's just a reassuring way for people to get us the information without ever having to go to court." You can also leave an anonymous tip on-line here. Lamb explains how your identity is protected in receiving the reward. "When they provide information, we give them an ID number. We ask them to call back at a later date to check and see if the tip was successful or not. If it was successful, then we set it up at a financial institution where they go pick up their cash reward. It's not a cheque or anything like that...it's all 100% confidential." Since 1991, over 1000 arrests have been made in Oxford County through Crime Stoppers tips, and drugs and stolen property worth over $9-million has been seized.

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