Today, ACT Crime Stoppers launched their Local Suburbs Awareness Campaign and celebrated Crime Stoppers Week 2016.
The Local Suburbs Awareness Campaign aims to increase awareness of Crime Stoppers amongst local suburban retailers, their staff and the community at large – particularly those who are most vulnerable.
Monday was National Crime Stoppers Day and this week is an opportunity to remind the community of the importance of Crime Stoppers and to thank the public for helping to make our community safer. In just the first three months of 2016 there were 3,574 calls and web reports made to Crime Stoppers in the ACT – part of the 87,193 made nationally to Crime Stoppers in the same period. In this period there have been 1,490 arrests and 4,172 charges as a result of information provided to Crime Stoppers.
To implement the Local Suburbs Awareness Campaign, Crime Stopers ACT representatives will visit and provide information to local suburban retailers and community centres, targeting areas most prone to crime across Canberra. The aim is to educate them about crime prevention and crime awareness measures. The Local Suburbs Awareness Campaign was made possible through the assistance of a community grant from the NRMA and support from ACT Policing and Neighbourhood Watch.
“Crime Stoppers provides the mechanism for people to report crime anonymously. The information provided to us could be the missing piece of the puzzle the police need to solve a crime or to make an arrest. Something that may appear small or insignificant could prove vital to an investigation. We urge Canberrans to save the Crime Stoppers number in their phone and bookmark the website. If you see something or know something, we urge you to say something!,” according to Diana Forrester, ACT Region Crime Stoppers Deputy Chair.
“Crime Stoppers ACT would also like to thank the NRMA, who provided us with funding under their Community Grants program for this initiative.” she concluded.
Crime Stoppers encourages all those who have information about crime to call 1800 333 000 or to make a report online at act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organisation, which helps keep our families and community safe. They work closely with the ACT Police and the media to help solve or prevent criminal activity. Information can be provided confidentially to Crime Stoppers.