Crime Stoppers Looking for Cash
Crime Stoppers is looking to shore up its annual budget through contributions from Muskoka District Council. Photo Credit: Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers of Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka, is in need of funding and recently approached the District of Muskoka’s corporate and emergency services committee to donate $10,000, matching the commitment made in 2017.
The organization, that takes in tips on crimes committed in an area and passes them onto police, has an annual operating budget of just under $150,000 a year. It relies on donations and fundraising to pay staff and reward those who provide information that leads to arrests.
In the six months from January to June, the regional Crime Stoppers program took in over 1,000 tips that led to 179 arrests and recovered property valued at over $26,000.
The committee has deferred the decision until its 2019 budget discussion later in the year.