Calgary is a very safe place to live. This is thanks to the hard work of the Calgary Police Service and people who report crimes when they happen. Sometimes, people are too scared to go to the police, or are afraid of getting involved. This can be because the crime involves someone they know, or that they do not trust figures of power. To protect their identities, Calgarians use a program called Crime Stoppers which uses anonymous tips to “catch the bad guys”.
What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that is independent from the police service. By calling Crime Stoppers, people reporting crimes can remain completely anonymous. This way, they don’t have to worry about criminal retaliation or other consequences. Anonymity is the key to the success of Crime Stoppers. They do not trace calls or IP addresses. The person reporting the crime never gives their name, meaning that no one will know who reported the crime.
Reporting a Crime
There are two ways to give Crime Stoppers a tip about a crime:
- Phone 1-800-222-8477 to speak to a volunteer.
- Click on “Submit a Tip” and fill out the online form on the website.
Crime Stoppers works with local media to share information about a crime that has taken place. Calgarians with information about a crime can call Crime Stoppers if they have any tips that could help the police.
When the “tipster” submits a tip to Crime Stoppers, a volunteer will give them a code. Crime Stoppers tells the police about the tip (but not who give the tip), and the police investigate. The tipster can call back and check on the progress of the case by giving Crime Stoppers their code.
Since 2015, a small group of criminals have been trying to trick new immigrants into giving them money. Crime Stoppers has reported that these individuals pretend to be government officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The criminals phone immigrants, threatening them to pay money or face deportation. To avoid being a target, never give personal information over the phone. Please visit http://calgarycrimestoppers.org/common-scams/ for more information on common scams, including this one targeting new immigrants. If you believe that these criminals have tried to contact you or someone you know, report it to Crime Stoppers.
For more information, visit http://calgarycrimestoppers.org.