Timeline

July 8 1996

Crime Stoppers established in South Australia

Crime Stoppers established in South Australia

Crime Stoppers SA established – founding members were SA Police, RAA (Royal Automobile Association), Law Society, Insurance Council of Australia, Motor Trades Association and BankSA, with Principal sponsor being the State Bank of South Australia.

The 1996 Board was:

  • Chairman Graham Thompson (Housing Industry Association)
  • Deputy Chairman – Christopher Newland (Insurance Council of Australia)
  • Assistant Commissioner Robert Lean -Treasurer (SA Police)
  • Secretary Peter Hennekam (RAA)
  • Sue Bishop (Law Society of SA)
  • John Brewer (Neighborhood Watch)
  • Lisa Fahey (BankSA)
  • Richard Flashman (MTA)
  • Carmel O’Loughlin (Office for the Status of Women)
  • Rick Honan (Security Institute of SA)
  • Neil Smith (Southern Television Corporation)

January 1 2011

20,000 crimes solved milestone

20,000 crimes solved milestone

Crime Stoppers SA thanks the community for helping to achieve 20,344 charges being laid against 13,679 offenders for a range of offences, with around 1800 telephone calls and 140 online reports received each month.

To acknowledge the milestone and encourage further community participation, all police stations received Crime Stoppers posters .

July 17 2012

YouTube channel launched

June 1 2013

New look logo introduced nationally

New look logo introduced nationally

June 3 2013

Major website refresh

November 20 2013

First female Chairperson elected – Sharon Hanlon

First female Chairperson elected – Sharon Hanlon

Ms Hanlon first joined the Board in 2011, offering extensive corporate governance experience from having served as a director on a number of public and private sector boards and sub-committees, including in chair and deputy chair roles, and as a long-standing member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Read more here.

March 18 2014

$1m rewards offered for 9 cold cases involving 14 child victims

$1m rewards offered for 9 cold cases involving 14 child victims

November 4 2014

MyWheels app launched

MyWheels app launched

The app was a car theft prevention initiative that achieved >5,100 downloads and recorded of >2,700 vehicles (now discontinued)

May 20 2015

New 3-year deal with Channel 9

New 3-year partnership with Channel 9 reinforcing itself as major media partner and providing greater surety to the crime-fighting program which has helped to solve some of SA’s most serious crimes.

Read more here.

 

February 22 2016

Dob in a Dealer national campaign announced

Dob in a Dealer national campaign announced

SA-based community engagement activities held at Mt Gambier, Riverland, Barossa, Murray Bridge, Whyalla, Western Adelaide and South Coast (Christies Beach). SA results included 145 drug Information reports (132% increase) and 98 methamphetamine information reports (representing a 253% increase).

Read more here.

May 18 2016

New website launched

New website launched

The website provided increased functionality and features an overview of open and unresolved cases and profiles of missing and wanted persons.

Report Suspicious Behaviour app also launched – available in iOS and Android versions

November 3 2016

20-year anniversary and national Crime Stoppers Australia conference

20-year anniversary and national Crime Stoppers Australia conference

As part of its 20-year celebrations in South Australia, Crime Stoppers SA hosted the annual national conference, which saw delegates come together to share case studies, network and learn about best practice directions for improving community safety.

November 10 2016

28,000 crimes solved milestone achieved

28,000 crimes solved milestone achieved

Results included 11 murders, three attempt murders, major arson incidents and closure of numerous clandestine drug laboratories.

Total value of rewards paid since beginning of program exceed $171,000

December 8 2016

Crime Stoppers International (CSI) Award wins

Crime Stoppers International (CSI) Award wins

  • Best Special Report/Features (communities with 1-3m people) category for Operation Persist (cold case murders)
  • Print Media Award (communities with 1-3m people) – Khandalyce Kiara Pearce murder

Read more here

February 18 2017

Crime Stoppers SA launches Facebook profile

Crime Stoppers SA launches Facebook profile

May 15 2017

Crime Stoppers Day 2017

Crime Stoppers Day 2017

National Crime Stoppers Day is an opportunity to thank the public for their help in achieving outstanding results and taking an active role in helping to make the community safer.

May 17 2017

Chairperson Sharon Hanlon elected Deputy Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia

Chairperson Sharon Hanlon elected Deputy Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia

June 15 2017

Make the Call campaign launch

Make the Call campaign launch

The campaign was developed in response to 25 percent increase in use of methamphetamine over the previous year in South Australia.

Read more here.

July 12 2017

National Firearms Amnesty

National Firearms Amnesty

The amnesty ran over three months and resulted in 6 community engagement events in South Australia. With a focus on unregistered and unwanted guns, an average of 500 firearms were surrendered daily across the nation and a total of of more than 30,000 were handed in for registration, sale or destruction.

Read more here.

July 12 2017

Partnership announced with Police Credit Union

Major funding partnership announced between Crime Stoppers South Australia and Police Credit Union, with the 3-year agreement providing much-needed funding to conduct a range of crime-fighting, awareness and prevention campaigns across the metropolitan and regional areas.

Read more here.

November 7 2017

CSI Award wins

CSI Award wins

  • Best Overall Specialised Program – Crime Stoppers South Australia for Operation Persist: solving cold case murders (For Communities 1 to 3 million)
  • Best Website – Crime Stoppers South Australia for website redesign & launch of mobile reporting apps (For Communities 1 to 3 million)
  • Best Special Report / Feature – Crime Stoppers South Australia for 2012 Cold Case Murder: Jayson Doelz (For Communities 1 to 3 million)

Read more here

May 20 2018

National Crime Stoppers Day support

National Crime Stoppers Day support

Crime Stoppers SA followed the national lead by adopting the ‘crime is crime in any language’ focus to encourage people from CALD backgrounds to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity.

August 15 2018

9 News Adelaide re-signs as TV partner for a new 3-year term

 

The Nine News Adelaide team are long-standing supporters of the Crime Stoppers program and share the common vision of doing all we can to make South Australia a safer place to live.

Read more here.

September 1 2018

2nd Dob in a Dealer national campaign launched

2nd Dob in a Dealer national campaign launched

Running over six months and achieving 6 community engagement events in SA, resulting in 1,712 information reports over the term of the campaign.

Read more here.

November 1 2018

CSI award wins announced and SA Chair becomes CSI President

CSI award wins announced and SA Chair becomes CSI President

Crime Stoppers SA Chairperson, Sharon Hanlon, becomes the first woman to be elected President of Crime Stoppers International.

Crime Stoppers SA announced as category winner for the annual CSI awards:

  • Best Specialised Program – Susan Goodwin murder investigation
  • Best Public Service Announcement – Festive season personal safety campaign
  • Best Crime of the Week – Martin Meffert cold case murder

Read more here.

May 27 2019

Crime Stoppers Day 2019

Crime Stoppers Day 2019

The Impact Report, released on Crime Stoppers Day, found 82% of Australians feel safer knowing the Crime Stoppers program is in place, and 81% of people believe the option to remain anonymous is a major drawcard.

October 17 2019

Home-grown crime solving efforts attract global award accolades

Home-grown crime solving efforts attract global award accolades

Crime Stoppers SA recognised for delivering benchmark crime-solving campaigns at the Crime Stoppers International Awards after it was announced as winner of the Best Specialised Training Award (Make The Call campaign) and Best Media Television Award (Golden Grove taxi assault) categories.

Read more here.

November 22 2019

Crime Stoppers SA partners with Schoolies

Crime Stoppers SA sponsored the official photobooth at Schoolies Festival, as the perfect opportunity to engage the next generation on their terms and encourage them to share information about unsolved crime and suspicious activity.

Read more here.

February 28 2020

Survey shows cybercrime tops list of business concerns

A Business SA survey conducted on behalf of Crime Stoppers finds that more than two thirds of South Australian businesses had been a victim of crime in the past two years, with cyber-crime topping their concerns.

Read the full results here.


March 5 2020

Partnership announcement with Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch)

Partnership announcement with Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch)

The partnership aimed to create a safer environment for health care staff.

Read more here.

May 18 2020

Crime Stoppers Day 2020

Crime Stoppers Day 2020

An independent national survey reveals as many as 1 in 5 Australians choose to turn a blind eye to unsolved crime and suspicious activity rather than speaking out, prompting the theme “Trust Your Gut.”

May 25 2020

First group of Ambassadors announced

First group of Ambassadors announced

Inaugural Crime Stoppers SA ambassadors included:

  • Andrew Marshall, President of the Master Builders Association,
  • Philip Morton, Managing Director of Morton Philips,
  • Jodie van Deventer, CEO for the Committee for Adelaide,
  • Martin Haese,
  • CEO at Business SA, and
  • Channel 9 Adelaide Managing Director, Mr Sean O’Brien.

Read more here.

 

September 7 2020

Renewed 3-year partnership with Police Credit Union

Renewed 3-year partnership with Police Credit Union

South Australia’s most successful crime-solving and prevention partnership goes from strength to strength following a renewed 3-year commitment by Police Credit Union as major funding partner of Crime Stoppers SA.

Read more here.

October 1 2020

CSI Award win for help to solve cold case murder

CSI Award win for help to solve cold case murder

Media category (Special Feature) for efforts to help solve the shooting murder of Jason De Ieso, which had been stonewalled by a code of silence amongst rival outlaw motorcycle gang members and associates.

Read more here.

October 12 2020

State Government funding support announced

State Government funding support announced

State Government commits $200,000 per annum over four years to offset operational costs and deliver critical crime-solving and prevention activities

December 18 2020

Partnership announcement with Torrens Transit

Partnership announcement with Torrens Transit

The partnership resulted in the Crime Stoppers logo being prominently displayed on more than 800 buses operating in the Adelaide public transport network.

Read more here.

May 17 2021

Crime Stoppers Day 2021

Crime Stoppers Day 2021

Crime Stoppers Day 2021 provided opportunity to remind people that their superpower is the courage to speak up and share what they know about unsolved crime and suspicious activity.

A total of nearly 53,000 South Australians were reached and engaged via social media activity, and 229 new page fans secured directly as a result of the advertising push.

Read more here.

 

August 2 2021

Nigel Smart announced as Chief Executive Officer

Nigel Smart announced as Chief Executive Officer

Former Adelaide Football Club Chief Operating Officer, Nigel Smart, announced as the new CEO for Crime Stoppers South Australia, following an extensive national and international recruitment process. Read the media release here.

November 15 2021

Crime Stoppers SA joins Instagram

Crime Stoppers SA joins Instagram

It’s hard to ignore the growing popularity of this social media platform, which is why Crime Stoppers SA launched its Instagram profile to help spread the word – particularly with younger people.

If you haven’t followed our Insta profile yet, click here and show your support.

November 24 2021

35,000 crimes solved milestone

35,000 crimes solved milestone

Since Crime Stoppers first started in South Australia on 8 July 1996 it has helped police to catch nearly 23,000 criminals and solve some of SA’s most heinous crimes.

Read more about this milestone here.

December 1 2021

Crime solving approach earns international accolade

Crime solving approach earns international accolade

Crime Stoppers SA again achieved international accolades for our efforts to help solve crime, winning the Media category at the 2021 Crime Stoppers International Awards. Read more here.

December 23 2021

Mobile billboards unveiled for Task Force Southern

Mobile billboards unveiled for Task Force Southern

As part of the police investigation into several unsolved murders, Crime Stoppers SA unveiled three mobile billboards on Crime Scene Investigation vehicles to promote the significant rewards of up to $600,000 on offer. Read more here.

December 26 2021

Prohibited plants under the biosecurity spotlight

Prohibited plants under the biosecurity spotlight

Crime Stoppers SA announced a partnership with Green Adelaide and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions to tackle the illegal trade of two invasive aquatic weeds. Read more here.

January 31 2022

Partnership with City of Whyalla announced

Partnership with City of Whyalla announced

A new initiative with the City of Whyalla gives residents and visitors greater control when it comes to a safer local community. Read more here.

February 8 2022

Crime Stoppers releases 2021 results

Crime Stoppers releases 2021 results

More than 7,000 additional calls to the Crime Stoppers hotline were received during 2021 compared to the previous year. Read more here.

February 16 2022

National campaign takes aim at illicit firearms

National campaign takes aim at illicit firearms

Crime Stoppers launches Phase Two of the National Illicit Firearms Campaign, with Crime Stoppers jurisdictions across Australia encouraging people to share what they know about illegal guns through dozens of local engagement activities over a 3-month period. Read more here.