On January 14, 2019, Leslie Woodley, Police Coordinator for Crime Stoppers Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka, and local volunteers Barb Campbell, Diane Chadwick and Madeline Bilz, joined Mayor Graydon Smith in raising the Crime Stoppers flag at the Town of Bracebridge Municipal Office. Since 1987, Crime Stoppers Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka has grown to service a vast geographical area, encompassing 110,217 square kilometres and 534,203 residents. Crime Stoppers is a civilian, volunteer based crime fighting program which provides a way for the public to anonymously report information about crimes and criminals to the police. “We continue to look for volunteers in the Bracebridge, Huntsville and Gravenhurst area to give our program a greater presence in Muskoka. We would like to increase awareness and educate the community about Crime Stoppers and how the program really works. Our stats increased over 2018, and we want to make 2019 an even stronger Crime Fighting Year! Let’s all work together to make this program stronger and increase the amount of crimes that get solved,” said Police Coordinator Leslie Woodley.
Some highlights from 2018 include:
•Received 2,542 Tips, some of which led to 237 arrests;
•The tip line led to 522 charges, while 155 cases were cleared;
•$21,100 in rewards were approved, while $74,110 worth of property was recovered and $146,279of drugs were seized
“The Town of Bracebridge is pleased to support Crime Stoppers. They provide the community with a way to anonymously assist in solving crime and contribute to an improved quality of life for all residents in Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka. Their continued efforts are very appreciated,” said Mayor Graydon Smith.