Get in Crime Stoppers picture

Cayman Crime Stoppers has been trying to put people in the picture about the organisation.

Stuart Bostock

Crime Stoppers chairman Stuart Bostock with one of the shirts being given to those who turn out for the mass photo shoot. Photo: John Higginson

And now, Crime Stoppers is aiming literally to put a whole lot more people in the picture all in one go.

As part of its awareness-building programme, it is inviting the public to take part in what could be the largest ever photo shoot ever staged on the island.

Crime Stoppers hopes that about 1,000 people will turn up Saturday, 14 January at Safehaven and line up for the mass photo.

Those attending the 9am shoot will receive a free T-shirt.

The photograph will, said Crime Stoppers chairman Stuart Bostock, be used as part of the organisation’s promotional poster and leaflet campaign early in the New Year.

The photo shoot is just part of the effort the organisation has been making to raise its public profile.

And that effort has been paying dividends with the number of calls to the toll-free 800-TIPS number having tripled since Crime Stoppers was revitalised in the summer.

‘We are extremely pleased with the way things are going,’ Mr. Bostock said.

‘Almost all the tips have resulted in arrests for offences including drugs, firearms and money laundering,’ said Mr. Bostock.

‘Obviously we would like to see that increase still further because there are still many crimes which have been committed recently that are unsolved and we know there are people out there that have information that could assist the authorities,’ he said.

And of all the phone calls and tips received, no one had called back for a reward, said Mr. Bostock.

‘People are doing it for the community, to get information across and not for their own personal gain,’ he said.