October, 2012

Economical Insurance Funds Student Program

October 25, 2012.  Hamilton Crime Stoppers receives $50,000 from Economical Insurance

Funding Safe Schools Project, REACH OUT … REACH UP,  for local students in Grade 8 on how they can help keep their schools, communities and themselves safe.

Hamilton, ON, October 25, 2012.  The safety of students in our schools and community is of critical importance.  All students have the right to be safe at school, free from bullying, harassment, violence and crime.  Economical Insurance has embraced Crime Stoppers of Hamilton’s youth education program by providing funding to cover three years of a project for Grade 8 students in Hamilton.

REACH OUT … REACH UP invites students to make connections within their community, explore the causes of issues that affect the safety of schools, and design practical solutions to assist in reducing crime. Responsible reporting is the cornerstone of Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers’ mission is to help solve and deter crime by providing a means of reporting criminal activity, with guaranteed anonymity, through cooperation with the police, the media and the community.  Young teenagers have a role to play in keeping their schools and communities safe, and REACH OUT … REACH UP  will allow students to connect with others to identify and solve problems involving crime. “At Economical, we are proud to be breaking new ground with Hamilton Crime Stoppers that will help local youth be proactive in making their communities and schools safer,” said Karen Gavan, Economical’s president & CEO.  “The proof of Hamilton Crime Stoppers’ success is in the data.  Since 1983, they have received 51,574 tips – on-line and over the phone – from a multitude of anonymous sources, which resulted in 5022 arrests and the seizure of weapons and $92,830,505 of drugs, and the recovery of  $16,436,810 in stolen property.”  Read more.  NEWS RELEASE 

Students in Grade 8 classes have participated in the Are You A Grrr8 Hero campaign (Gr8 HERO 2013Poster).  View some of the results.



Crime Stoppers of Hamilton Inc. began in 1983 when Reg Whynott, Executive Director of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton Police Chief Gordon V. Torrance created the program and values its continuing partnership.  

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