As many of you may have heard, Toronto Crime Stoppers recently announced they would be suspending payment of cash rewards beginning this year. Funds previously used for rewards will instead go to areas in the city impacted by crime.
Members of the public are reminded that this project is happening exclusively in Toronto and all other Canadian Crime Stoppers programs, including Durham, continue to offer the availability of cash rewards which are approved by volunteer Crime Stoppers Boards.
According to the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association, the foundation of Crime Stoppers is to protect the anonymity of the tipster. To encourage the public to report information on criminal activity both proactively and reactively. Crime Stoppers programs offer the availability of cash rewards up to $2,000.
Not all tipsters are motivated by the availability of a reward, and many report crime believing it is their civic responsibility. The reward still offers motivation for many people calling in with useful information.
Are you or someone you know...
• Denied access to a personal cell phone and ID?
• Refused contact with friends or family?
• Required to report location at all times?
• Prevented from communicating with clients or sharing opinions about clients seen and the services provided?
• Threatened verbally or with acts of violence if certain acts are not performed?
Indicators of a Trafficking Subject:• Sudden or dramatic changes in demeanor and behavior
• Withdraws from family and friends; abandons school and work
• Appears fearful and timid in the company of a controlling third party
• Seems disoriented or confused; show signs of physical, mental or substance abuse
• Unstable living situation; travels with minimal or an excessive amount of luggage
• Frequently visits Hotels/Motels/Airbnb’s
• Appears ‘coached’ in social conversations;responses seem rehearsed
CONTACT DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE IF YOU NOTICE ANY OF THESE SIGNS
905-579-1520 ext 4888
Call CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca