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From The Toronto Sun: Crime Stoppers offers $500 for gun tips

Posted by cgccanada on January 6, 2010

By SUN STAFF

Last Updated: 6th January 2010, 4:45am

Crime Stoppers hopes money continues to talk.

Crime Stoppers rolls out a new ad campaign next week, offering up to $500 for tips about illegal guns.

The Cash for Guns program started in October 2005 in the midst of gang warfare that led to 52 people dying of gun wounds. Guns accounted for two-thirds of the murders that year.

The first two months of the program brought in 22 guns from 164 tips. Along with the firearms seizures, 30 people were arrested and more than $25,000 worth of narcotics were seized.

More up-to-date statistics weren’t available yesterday.

A new ad incorporates a firearm with the barrel pointing backward, warning that the use of guns in crime will often lead to the death of the shooter.

The ads will appear on the TTC, billboards and transit shelters, Toronto Crime Stoppers chairman Lorne Simon said.

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