2019 Jail or Bail

It’s here again! Lock up friends, bosses, or family for a great community cause!

 

September 24, 2019

Dear Friend:

Crime Stoppers of St. Thomas/Alymer is currently seeking people who would like to help our fundraising efforts by being a detainee at our upcoming Bail or Jail. This event will be held at Geerlinks Home Hardware on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

As a detainee, you will be asked to collect pledges prior to coming to jail to help bail you out. We will work with you to set up a convenient time slot for you to attend, and as we know that everyone is busy, we make it a point to not hold a detainee any longer than ½ hour once they appear before the ‘judge’. You will be assessed a fine for the ‘crime you have committed’ and you will be expected to spend some time in jail, hopefully collecting a few more pledges before you are released.

This is a fun event, and if you or someone else from your business is willing to help us out, we would welcome the opportunity to explain the event in more detail to you and answer any questions you may have. You can also arrange to have someone arrested and picked up to be a detainee. If you’re not able to participate as a detainee, you could help bail someone else out of jail by contributing a donation to be used by the detainees. We are also looking for sponsors for this event, and again, if you’re interested in sponsoring us, a separate sponsor sheet is attached for your consideration. You may contact us at crimestoppers@golden.net or (519) 631-1224, ext. 4220.

CRIME STOPPERS OF ST. THOMAS/AYLMER

Graham Johnston/Karen Whitehead Co-Chairs

 

Get your Sponsorship form here or email crimestoppers@golden.net for more info!


QUICK FACTS ABOUT REPORTING A MISSING ADULT IN CANADA

Usually a person’s family and friends know the individual’s routine well and are the first to recognize when regular patterns are broken. In the majority of cases, explanations are easily found.

No reasonable explanation for the disappearance

However, when there are no explanations and you are concerned for the person’s safety or well-being, you should contact police to discuss the situation. The sooner police are made aware of the disappearance, the sooner they are able to begin work on locating your loved one.

When speaking with police, it is extremely important to tell them why or how the situation is different from the missing person’s normal routine. For example, is the missing person someone who calls daily and is suddenly unreachable for several days? Has the person not returned after a wilderness trip? Be sure to explain how the situation is unusual.

Waiting period before contacting police

There is no waiting period for filing a missing person report in Canada.

Having to wait 24 hours, 48 hours, or any other set time period is a myth.

Who can report a missing adult?

Although missing adults are usually reported to police by family members, you do not have to be a relative to file a missing person report.

A person can be reported missing by a friend, co-worker, neighbour, employer, doctor, community worker, or anyone who knows the missing person’s routine well enough to recognize when there is a change.

Where to file a report

A missing person’s report should be filed with the police force responsible for the city/area where the person disappeared from.

There are situations where the missing person disappears from an area that is different from where the reporting person lives (e.g. different city or province) or far away geographically (e.g. someone who disappears while on vacation). If this applies in your situation, contact the police force in the area where the disappearance occurred.

It may be possible to have your local police take the missing person’s report and forward it to the police force in the area where the disappearance occurred. This is something to discuss when filing the report.

If the investigation involves more than one police agency, it is a good practice to contact each of the police agencies involved to ensure all information has been passed along.

It is not a crime for an adult to go missing

It is not a crime for an adult to sever all contacts and voluntarily walk away from her/his life to start over elsewhere. As a result, police have the difficult job of balancing the missing adult’s right to privacy with finding out the reasons for the disappearance.

In some cases, the person no longer wishes to remain in contact with her/his loved ones. When this happens, police have to respect the missing person’s decision. In most cases, the searching family is notified that the missing person has been located but no further details are shared without the missing person’s consent.


10th Annual Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament

Have a fun day of Golf and support your local Crime Stoppers at the same time!

When: May 10th, 2018 @ 11am

Where: St. Thomas Golf and Country Club

Cost: $140.00 per player

  • 18 holes of Golf (Cart Included)
  • Tournament gift bag
  • Lunch and Driving Range Privleges
  • Steak Dinner
  • 2 for 1 golf certificate for a future visit to St. Thomas Golf & Country Club

For additional Information please contact:

Lois Hardman

519-631-1224 (EXT. 4220)

crimestoppers@golden.net


Rock & Bowl Fundraiser

Crime Stoppers Rock & Bowl Fundraiser!

Come out and enjoy an evening of fun!

Cy's Bowling Lanes
438 Talbot St. E., Aylmer, Ontario
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
7:00pm

Prizes awarded for:

  • Best Team
  • Best Costume
  • Best / Worst Bowler

Each team must have 6 bowlers. $600 pledges per team.

To enter a team, contact Lois Hardman

519-631-1224 ext. 4220


New Members Sworn in

Here are our newest members who got sworn in at last nights meeting.  Lets all congratulate Samatha and Zach on a job well done!


9th Annual Golf Tournament

Fun day at our 9th annual golf tournament at the St Thomas Golf and Country Club! Thanks to all who came to golf, volunteered to help and sponsored this great event to help us raise funds and awareness. Here's some fun pics to enjoy!


Successful year for Crime Stoppers

With many community supporters and sponsors to thank, Crime Stoppers of St. Thomas-Aylmer has had a successful year solving cases and paying tipsters.

Ruby Morse, president of the Crime Stoppers board for the past two-and-a-half years, got involved as a way to help the community. At one time she herself experienced the other side of the program, being a victim of a crime that to date has gone unsolved. It left her with a good understanding of the program and its impact in the community. “I was a victim of crime so I definitely feel the support is needed to help solve crimes. I think being on the board is a nice way to support your community, and being able to call in anonymously keeps our program viable.”

Crime Stoppers held their annual Appreciation Dinner on Jan. 26 at the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre and used the event to thank the many sponsors that support their program throughout the year.

Insp. Chris Herridge, who will become Chief of the St. Thomas Police Service once Darryl Pinnell retires this fall, joked the new police building will have additional wall space to hold all the awards Crime Stoppers has been receiving. He thanked board members for their passion and commitment and thanked Const. Heather White, who he called Captain Crime Stopper, for her ability to balance the program with her job responsibilities.

The board is responsible for fundraising to create a pool of money with which to pay tipsters. Morse said sponsors help keep the program afloat so they can focus on using the funds they collect to help solve crimes. “Because of our sponsors we’re able to take the funds we raise and give them directly back to the community to help those people who help us.”

With nine members currently, Morse hopes to grow the board back up to 12. Applications are available online for those who are interested.

Two fundraising events coming up include the annual Snow Golf Tournament on the main beach in Port Stanley on March 4 and a golf tournament at St. Thomas Golf and Country Club May 11. Anyone interested in either event can contact Tim Sheridan at 226-210-0263.