OTTAWA, Aug. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Hydro Ottawa is proud to support Crime Stoppers, a locally run program that provides cash rewards and confidentiality to those who have anonymous information that helps the police solve crimes.
"Together we are keeping our community safe by teaming up to ensure those individuals who engage in illegal activities, including stealing electricity to power illegal grow houses are reported," said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa. "Many grow houses tamper with electricity wiring, which can be very dangerous for the occupants of the home, the public and our employees."
Hydro Ottawa has presented National Capital Area Crime Stoppers with a cheque for $3,040. This represents the rewards paid since 2009 for tips that have helped shutdown marijuana grow operations.
Approximately 100 Hydro Ottawa pick-up trucks and vans will also display a Crime Stoppers decal.
"In all, Crime Stoppers has helped recover over $90 million worth of stolen property and illicit drugs since the program began locally in 1985," said Wayne Bissett, Chairman of National Capital Area Crime Stoppers. "In 2011, tips led to the arrest of 89 individuals, over 500 charges being laid and the recovery of 15 firearms."
To report a tip anonymously and earn a reward of up to $2,000, call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). National Capital Area Crime Stoppers is also active online at www.crimestoppers.ca, Facebook, and on Twitter @CrimeStoppersOttawa or text to CRIMES with the keyword 'tip252.'
Working with Crime Stoppers is just one way Hydro Ottawa is a contributing to the well-being of our community. Whether it is maintaining one of the safest, most reliable electricity distribution systems in Ontario, helping our customers manage their energy consumption or educating children and youth about electricity safety, Hydro Ottawa is a community builder and a responsible, engaged corporate citizen.
About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 305,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.
About Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers was introduced in the National Capital area in 1985 and the program is now active in 28 countries world-wide. A group of citizen volunteers serves on the Board of Directors who meet regularly to manage the program, raise funds and allocate rewards for successful TIPS. Ottawa Police Service provides a coordinator to handle day-to-day tips and promote the program as well as a van and staff person. Crime Stoppers relies on donations of funds and services from individuals and corporations to pay for awards, promotion of the program in the community and schools and other operational needs.
SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Limited
For further information:
Manager, Public Affairs
Tel: 613-738-5499 ext. 7684
National Capital Area Crime Stoppers