It has proven to be another successful year for a program that allows citizens to help police fight crime.
Brandon Police Service Const. Ron Burgess, the co-ordinator for the Brandon Crime Stoppers program, says he’s pleased with the 2013 results.
"I’m happy with them," Burgess said. "They’re right in keeping with previous years. Tip numbers and arrests were both above program averages since inception."
January is Crime Stoppers month, and Brandon volunteers, sponsors and supporters were thanked at a luncheon at the Canad Inns hotel on Wednesday.
The program allows citizens to anonymously make tips by phone, text message or online. It pays up to $2,000 for tips that lead to the solution of a crime.
The Brandon program is run by a local board of volunteers and reward money is gathered through fundraising.
In 2013, the program received 256 tips that resulted in 63 arrests and cleared 62 cases. It also helped recover $42,800 in stolen property and illegal drugs.
In total, $5,500 in rewards were handed out.
The previous year, 347 tips were received, 60 arrests were made and 77 police cases were cleared. About $2.34 million worth of stolen property and illegal drugs were seized.
A total of $5,550 in rewards were granted.
The number of tips and arrests depends on a number of variables, Burgess said, so it’s hard to say why those numbers may be up or down in any given year.
Significant drug arrests last year boosted the dollar figure for stolen property and illegal drugs seized, he said.
Crime Stoppers was brought to Brandon in 1985 and, as of the end of 2013, it brought in a total of 7,314 tips, resulted in 1,555 arrests, had cleared 2,249 cases and recovered $4.27 million in stolen property and drugs. In addition, $190,571 worth of frauds have been solved while arson cases that have caused a total of $316,569 in damage have been cleared.
Tipsters have received a grand total of $172,885 in rewards.