Crime Stoppers Marks Safer Internet Day



    BOLTON, ON, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - Everyday a child online is bullied, abused or
targeted. The Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers with the support of the
Ontario Provincial Police, Crime Prevention Section and Child Sexual
Exploitation Section is releasing five Public Service Announcements to mark
Safer Internet Day. The Child Sexual Exploitation Section is responsible for
the enforcement of "Child Luring" legislation and considers these
investigations as a priority.
    These PSA's are released to remind parents and young people of the need
to practice safety while using the internet. What we know to be wrong in our
daily routines is just as wrong online. Stand up - don't stand by. Help put a
stop to internet abuse. If you have information about any form of internet
abuse you can contact Crime Stoppers and report it anonymously.
    "We're determined to promote a safe Internet experience for kids," said
Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci. "These
announcements produced by Crime Stoppers and the OPP are an important tool in
raising awareness and helping to keep our kids safe."
    Safer Internet Day takes place each year in February to promote safer and
more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially
amongst children and young people across the world. Information about safe
practices can be found at www.internet101.ca.
    Crime Stoppers is a not-for profit community-based charitable programme
involving the co-operative efforts of the community, the media and the police
in the fight against crime. In Ontario there are 38 community programs in
operation. Crime Stoppers encourages the public to call with information
concerning crimes that have been committed, are being committed or are about
to be committed.
    Crime Stoppers is an effective tool for citizens to report crime. The
long established hotline number 1-800-222-TIPS is well known and universal in
all of North America. Crime Stoppers can also take secure and anonymous tips
online at www.tipsubmit.com
    Crime Stoppers guarantee of anonymity, promise to not appear in court as
a witness and the offer of a reward for information that solves a crime has
proven to be effective. During 2008 in Ontario, as a result of calls to Crime
Stoppers, over 4000 arrests were made, $750,000 in rewards were paid and over
$ 70 million dollars of illegal narcotics or stolen property were recovered.
Since inception, over 80,000 arrests have been made, 7.7 million dollars in
rewards have been paid out and over 1.5 billion dollars in stolen property or
illegal narcotics have been recovered.
    Crime Stoppers is available 24/7. In 2008 alone over 200 tips about child
abuse, pedophiles/ luring or pornography were taken after hours.

    This project has been made possible through a grant of $20,000 from the
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of its strategy
to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation on the Internet. The
Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers expresses its appreciation to Ontario
Provincial Police, Crime Prevention Section and Child Sexual Exploitation
Section for its assistance in the development of these PSA's. The PSA's were
produced by Renegade Digital Media Inc.
    To view or download the PSA's go to www.ontariocrimestoppers.com and
click on Safer Internet.





For further information:

For further information: Pat Gillie, President, The Ontario Association
of Crime Stoppers, Courtyards of Caledon, 18 King Street East, Bolton, ON, L7E
1E8, 1-888-284-4458

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