Who we are
Crime Stoppers South Australia is an independent community organisation and registered charity.
We are not part of the South Australia Police service or the government, but we do work with police, the media and the public to help solve and reduce crime. For more than 20 years Crime Stoppers has been the trusted service when it comes to collecting information about criminals and their activities from the public, and passing on those details to police to help solve crime and keep communities and families safe.
What we do
Crime Stoppers allows you to report crimes and suspicious activity anonymously, so you can have peace of mind while still playing your part for the South Australian community. You don’t have to leave your personal details, your call isn’t recorded or traced and, if making an online report, your IP address isn’t recorded.
In addition to the police, Crime Stoppers works with the SA Government, Federal Government and other trusted organisations in developing and delivering crime detection campaigns, as well as prevention and education programs on topics such as bushfire arson and online fraud.
How you’ve helped
Since 1996, information provided by the community to Crime Stoppers has directly helped to solve nearly 30,000 crimes and recover more than $8.8m of property.
Your calls and online reports have helped to identify drug labs and dealers, catch wanted fugitives, solve arsons, thefts and robberies, and apprehend criminals wanted for violent assaults and murders.
We know that one call can make a real difference, so it is important that if you see something or hear something – then say something.
How we work with police
Crime Stoppers is not a department of South Australia Police, but we do work closely and pass your information onto them for investigation. Reports about criminals and their activities can be made by calling 1800 333 000 or by reporting online.
What happens to your information
After you have provided us with information about criminals or information about known or suspected criminal activity, it is reviewed by specially-trained Crime Stoppers operators to make sure that nothing can identify you if you have chosen to remain anonymous.
Your information is then passed to the relevant section within South Australia Police for action. Calls and online reports are not taped, traced or identified in any way.
Our national and international network
In Australia, a Crime Stoppers program operates in all eight police jurisdictions and they are considered to be a vital and intrinsic component of the national law enforcement landscape.
Our parent organisation, Crime Stoppers Australia, has a Board of Directors made up from representatives from each State and Territory plus a representative of the Australian Police Commissioners.
Crime Stoppers Australia coordinates national appeals and programs designed to seek public support in reporting crime and criminal activities, especially for cross-border crimes such as illicit drug manufacture, importation and distribution, fugitives and outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Crime Stoppers Australia is a key member of the 1200 programs that operate in more than 20 countries as part of the Crime Stoppers International network. This global effort plays a critical role in encouraging people worldwide to report transnational crimes such as people and drug trafficking, and international fugitives.
Two representatives from the Crime Stoppers Australia Board are nominated as members of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers International, which has its global headquarters in the Netherlands.
How it all began
In 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a detective was frustrated by a lack of progress for an investigation into the shooting murder of a young college student during a service station robbery.
With a lack of witnesses, a re-enactment of the murder was shown on the local TV station and people with information were promised anonymity and the possibility of a cash reward if the information led to an arrest.
That appeal saw a person come forward who had seen a car driving off, and reported that it belonged to a resident in a nearby apartment complex. Acting on that information, two men were arrested and charged with the murder and a string of armed robberies less than 72 hours later.