More than 600 anonymous tips about gang-related activities and illegal weapons were among the almost 5000 tips given to Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers last year, according to its 2021 statistics just released.
“Collectively, these anonymous tips led to arrests and the recovery of property, guns and illegal drugs, all of which might never have happened otherwise,” says Linda Annis, Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. “With the spike last year in gang-related activity in the Lower Mainland, plus a recent trend toward crimes like robbery and vandalism, Crime Stoppers is urging local residents to continue submitting information anonymously to help police investigate, make more arrests and even save lives.”
Statistics for 2021, published by Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers in its annual Impact Report included:
- Total number of tips in 2021 for all crimes: 4,741.
- Total value of property and illicit drugs seized from tips: $2.29 million, including eight vehicles. Brings cumulative total to $23 million since 2017.
- Number of arrests: 54
- Charges laid: 96
Tips about gangs and illegal weapons – 2021
- Total tips on gang activity: 215.
- Total tips about gang activity: 215
- Number of tips related specifically to illegal guns: 403
- Number of illegal weapons seized: 32
- Charges laid: 12
Since the inception of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers 38 years ago, more than 8,200 arrests have been made, and half-a-billion dollars in property and drugs have been recovered.
Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers is a non-profit society and registered charity that offers rewards for anonymous tip information about criminal activity and provides it to investigators in the communities of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 2 Anonymous tips may be provided through Crime Stoppers’ downloadable “P3” app for Apple and Android phones, calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 1-855-448-8477, online at www.solvecrime.ca or by following the link on the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Find MVCS on Twitter: @solvecrime and Instagram: @metrovancouvercrimestoppers.