Crime Stoppers ‘Blow The Whistle On Crime’

October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Crime Stoppers Bermuda today announced that they will be launching their new “Blow the Whistle on Crime” awareness campaign in “response to the increase in some violent crime in Bermuda.”

“So far in 2017, there has been one death as a result of a knife attack, and more than five serious injuries from such incidents. To date, there are more than 20 crimes on record involving bladed articles,” the organisation said.

“The campaign will launch on Sunday 15 October 2017 with the Argus and Crime Stoppers 5k Fun Run & Walk Road Race, which will start outside the Argus Building at 14 Wesley Street.

“All participants registered in the event will receive a reflective lanyard and whistle as a symbol for blowing the whistle on crime and will also be eligible for ‘rewards’, which include:

  • Travel vouchers from Worldview Travel
  • Weekend stay at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel
  • One-night stays at the Reefs and Grotto Bay hotels
  • Gift certificates from MEF for use in their restaurants

“The school with the highest number of student participants will receive a cheque for $500.

“As part of the campaign, radio commercials will appeal to the community over the coming months to Blow the Whistle on Crime and help put an end to these and other violent crimes that involve knives and firearms.

“It is Crime Stoppers hope that people who are aware of individuals carrying out these crimes will report them to the confidential Crime Stoppers telephone number [800-8477] or online at www.crimestoppers.bm.”

Crime Stoppers Bermuda Chairman, Alex MacDonald, states “The increase in the use of knives within our community has become very apparent to members of the public. Our awareness campaign, which will be launched at the Argus Crime Stoppers Road Race, will highlight the need for the general public to get involved and be aware of this trend among certain groups within our community.

“It is our aim, when such crimes occur, to have the community report any information on the culprits or the crime. Without your help, the task of the Bermuda Police Service is much harder, but Crime Stoppers Bermuda provides a completely anonymous method for helping the victim or their families.”

The organisation said, “Since Crime Stoppers Bermuda was established 21 years ago, the charity has received 3,923 calls, has had 3,800 criminal tips cleared [contributing to numerous police investigations], and led to a total of 336 arrests made.

“The Bermuda Police Service has recovered $1,631,443 of stolen property and, with information received from the community through Crime Stoppers, Bermuda Customs & Bermuda Police Service has seized illicit drugs with a street value of $24,791,983.”

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