January is Crime Stoppers awareness month.
Gord Beerda of the Bulkley Valley division says it is a very important resource for local RCMP detachments to help collect tips.
He says they received 65 tips last year which is higher than previous years.
“We used to just have phone in tips,” he says. “But now with technology getting better, we can get text in tips. Just by phone wasn’t doing a lot anymore because no one wants to talk on the phone anymore.”
They also paid out about $650 in rewards.
Beerda adds they don’t have to do any fundraising, like most branches do, because they have one generous sponsor that covers all the bills.