A local man is spearheading an initiative to bring more crime awareness to Muskoka.

Working with Crime Stoppers, Tom Young wants to help create a Muskoka committee for the non-profit organization. Young says he needs a few good volunteers to make this committee a reality.

Young says committee members would give a bit of time each month to spend time at various events providing more information on the service.

Crime Stoppers offers residents an option to call in anonymous tips on crimes that are being investigated across the region. The service works independently from the OPP.

Crime Stoppers Police Coordinator Leslie Woodley says the committee is needed to get more representation in Muskoka. Crime Stoppers Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka chapter had 590 more tips called in 2017 compared to the year before. Woodley says more Muskoka representation would hopefully push that number even higher in 2018.

Young will be providing more updates soon on when he’d like to have the first committee meeting.

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