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January is Crime Stoppers Month

Detective Greg MacAleese, a Canadian police officer, started Crime Stoppers in 1976. MacAleese was investigating a robbery and murder that took place at an Albuquerque, New Mexico gas station, when he became frustrated with the lack of information coming forward about the crime.

He teamed up with a local business and television station to promote a reward for informative tips and guaranteed anonymity. This idea led to the arrest of two suspects and the case to be solved within hours of the reward promotion being aired.

MacAleese then looked to the chief of police for ongoing support to use the tactics in other cases. The chief agreed to support the approach if this new technique could solve 30 major cases by the end of the year. During the next four months, 300 crimes were solved and the police chief made the program a permanent part of the Alburquerque Police Department’s approach.

Today, there are more than 1,800 programs in 32 countries worldwide that are using the same ideas as the original 1976 concept. In Canada, Crime Stoppers has played a role in more than 198,542 arrests and helped to clear over 425,000 cases. Crime Stoppers Nova Scotia was launched in November 1987 and has played a role in more than 3,400 arrests, 7,537 charges laid and 6,024 cases being cleared.

Crime Stoppers is a special partnership between concerned citizens, local media and police that aims to solve and prevent crime in our communities.

Through the anonymity that Crime Stoppers provides, citizens can play an active role in offering information to help solve crimes, enabling them to directly contribute to keeping communities a safe place in which to live, work and play.

In recognition of Crime Stoppers month, we thank Crime Stoppers and its members, volunteers, supports and tipsters, for helping solve and prevent crime. If you would like to contribute to Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers visit: canadahelps.org/en/dn/10694

Crime Stoppers Nova Scotia offers a variety of crime prevention tips on their website, check it out at crimestoppers.ns.ca. By visiting, you can find information on internet safety, preventing theft and dating violence awareness tips. The website also features information about specialized programming in your area. Program topics, include, elder abuse, high school and illegal tobacco.

For crimes occurring in Halifax Regional Municipality, citizens can submit anonymous tips to Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at crimestoppers.ns.ca or by using the P3 Tips app.

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