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Jul 31, 2009

Stop Crime by supporting Crime Stoppers sale

Story PictureCrime Stoppers Belize provides a toll free hotline 0-800-922-TIPS for people to call and report on illegal activities. There are occasionally rewards offered through the organization which heavily depends on donations. But Crime Stoppers does not rely solely on kindness, it also fundraises. This weekend Crime Stoppers is hosting a yard sale at Old Belize. Francis Woods told us about the variety of goods and deals available, all in an effort to combat crime.

Francis Woods, Chairman, Crime Stoppers Belize
“The purpose, like most of our fundraisers is to fund the promotion of the Crime Stoppers stuff; wanted posters, billboards, questionnaire posters and our operating costs such as our fees for the Crime Stoppers International and some programming costs. We have female shoes, we have hand bags, we have male shoes, we have clothing, we have dishes, restaurant equipment, juice dispensers, thirty-six inch char grill. We have a double bed, we have a king size bed, a bunk bed; double on the bottom, single on the top. We have engines; marine engines, Perkins, Volvo, we have fifteen hundred feet of brand new stainless steel cable, Yamaha outboards—four stroke. We have transmissions, we have a washing machine; front loading, we have the top loading washing machine, we have about six small paddle boats, we have about five or six big boats, we will have some fairly good condition vehicles on sale on the weekend as well.”

Jose Sanchez
“So you have everything.”

Francis Woods
“We have—you wouldn’t believe what we have. It’s more of what we don’t have.”

Jose Sanchez
“How successful has the program been so far?”

Francis Woods
“So far, it’s been very successful compared to other Caribbean countries. In total, we’ve had about forty-four arrests and over thirty cases solved and the recovery of over six thousand dollars worth of stolen goods or contraband goods.”

Woods says that the Crime Stoppers yard sale starts at nine in the morning until five in the evening on Saturday and Sunday at Old Belize located at mile five on the Western Highway.

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