One evening viewing the evening news, or listening to your local radio station, or scrolling through your community chat Facebook page one sees crime is on the rise.

And many are frustrated with the rising numbers of drug related crimes, theft, break and enters, violence, the list goes on.  What can the public do to help their own communities?  Call the Crime Stoppers TIPS line!

So, what makes a good tip?

Here are some ideas taken directly from the Crime Stoppers website:

There are no bad tips, but what makes a good tip great is detail!


  • Who is involved? Who is/are the victim(s) and/or suspect(s)?
    • Provide their full name, nicknames and/or other names they go by
    • Provide their description: age, race, height, weight, hair (length, style, colour), eye (colour, do they wear glasses/contacts), and any scars, marks, or tattoos
    • Provide their job or school information


  • •What type of crime are you reporting? (Please provide details)
  • What did the suspect(s) do?


  • When did the crime occur? (Exact date or approximate date and time)
  • Provide how long the crime occurred for or how long it has been going on for.


  • Where did the crime happen?
  • •Where does the suspect(s) live? (City, nearest cross streets, and address. Provide a description of the location, etc)


  • Why did the crime happen? (Was there a reason for it to happen on a certain date and/or time?)


  • How did the crime happen? (For example if it is a drug crime, how does the dealer sell drugs).
  • How are you aware of the crime? (Did you see it happen, overhear someone talking about it, etc.)
  • How many people know about the crime? How did you know to contact Crime Stoppers? (Social media, website, etc.)

For general inquiries or to file a report:

(204)729-2345 or

Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637).  Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.

MANITOBA CRIME STOPPERS TIPS LINE: Crime Stoppers toll free tip line at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).