Crime Stoppers reaches major milestones in Australia
National Crime Stoppers Day on February 16 marked the achievement of major milestones in combating crime around Australia.
More than one million people have contacted Crime Stoppers since it was founded in Australia in 1987, and this year the total number of arrests resulting from Crime Stoppers reports from the public is expected to pass the milestone figure of 50,000.
Crime Stoppers Australia Chairman Bryan Roach said in Canberra on Monday 16 February that Crime Stoppers Day will be celebrated in every State and Territory.
“Each jurisdiction will be commemorating the day with a range of activities to show their appreciation to the public for coming forward so readily with information to solve crime,” said Mr Roach.
Crime Stoppers enables every person to contribute to public safety by anonymously calling the toll-free number
1800 333 000 or using their local Crime Stoppers website to report online any criminal or suspicious behaviour they have seen in their community.
Mr Roach said reporting crime is a serious thing to do, and some people feel more comfortable if they have the protection of not needing to reveal their own details when they provide information.
“Crime Stoppers gives them a feeling of security. As a result, Crime Stoppers has developed into one of the most well known and trusted names in Australia over the past 27 years.”
“We work in partnership with the Police in every State and Territory to enable every person in the whole community to play their part in tackling crime.”
“The information people provide is converted into valuable Police intelligence data. It is analysed and confirmed against other information to enable the Police to follow up the leads.”
The Crime Stoppers approach of enabling the public to provide information anonymously strikes a chord around the world. Since the idea of calling for anonymous information was instrumental in solving a murder in the United States in 1976, the service has spread to more than 30 countries including Australia.