Today is National Crime Stoppers Day, celebrated around the country to raise awareness of the vital role Crime Stoppers plays in our community safe. To mark the celebration in Canberra, Crime Stoppers ACT launched Crime Stoppers Week at an event in Civic.
Crime Stoppers Week aims to increase awareness of Crime Stoppers, to remind Canberrans of the importance of reporting to Crime Stoppers and to thank the public for helping to make our community safer.
This is the first year that Crime Stoppers ACT will be running community events designed to help educate Canberrans about the vital role of Crime Stoppers. Fun activities include a colouring competition, an online scavenger hunt and a public event in Garema Place on Thursday 18th between 10am and 3pm. To learn more and get involved visit CrimeStoppersWeekACT.com.au
Information provided to Crime Stoppers last year helped to apprehend more than 7,000 criminals across Australia – approximately 21 per day. Of these, Canberrans made over 14,000 calls and over 3,460 online information reports to Crime Stoppers.
“Crime Stoppers plays a unique role in providing the Australian community with an anonymous mechanism for reporting crime information. As a community-based organisation, Crime Stoppers is the trusted link between the community, the media and police. We need your support to achieve a safer community, and everyone can help. Something that may appear small or insignificant could prove vital to an investigation. One piece of information can help to solve – or even prevent – a crime,” says Diana Forrester, ACT Region Crime Stoppers Chair.
“Crime Stoppers is a vital investigative tool for ACT Policing, providing the opportunity for members of the public to report crime anonymously online or by calling 1800 333 000. This allows our officers to detect, reduce and prevent criminal activity,” states Acting Deputy Chief Police Officer Stephen Turnbull.
“Each state across Australia will be celebrating this week with a range of activities to show their appreciation to the community for coming forward so readily with information to solve crime,” Diana 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.
Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organisation, which helps keep our families and community safe. Information can be provided confidentially to Crime Stoppers – so if the people of Canberra see something or know something, they are urged to say something!