'Report small crimes too'

Dawne Parris,

Added 11 September 2013

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With tips on domestic violence, child and animal abuse, fraud  and even copyright infringement being received, Crime Stoppers is reporting that Barbadians are beginning to see it as more than just a whistle-blower organization for major crimes. But executive director of Crime Stoppers Barbados, Devrol Dupigny, says there’s still a long way to go to get rid  of the perception that some crimes were too small to report. Statistics compiled by the organization show that among 250 anonymous tips received in 2012 and 252 the previous year, were calls about cases of fraud, child abuse, the mistreatment of animals, road traffic violations, work permit violations and copyright infringement. For the last two years, the majority of the information received by Crime Stoppers related to drug possession and trafficking, with those offences accounting for 46 per cent of the total in 2011. However, that dropped to just 26 per cent in 2012 as the types of crime reported began to expand. (DP)

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