15-24 NATIONAL CRIME STOPPERS DAY
On Monday, 16th February, 2015 is National Crime Stoppers Day, which is aimed at promoting the Crime Stoppers program Australia wide.
There is a growing number of South Australians clicking against crime
Aligned with National Crime Stoppers Day activities on Monday, 16th February, Crime Stoppers South Australia has revealed that the community is turning to technology to help cast a net over criminals and bring them to justice.
Crime Stoppers SA (CSSA) Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said last year’s statistics suggested that more people were opting to report information online in a bid to help solve some of SA’s most serious crimes.
“In 2014 we had nearly 60,000 new people logging onto the website to look at 578,930 pages. That’s a 50 percent increase in online activity compared to the previous year, and there are no signs of the trend slowing down,” she said.
“Many of those went on to provide information which saw more than 10,000 information reports raised for police attention, and resulted in 1500 apprehensions and 1669 offences successfully solved.”
“This successes is achieved as a result of a strong and long-established partnership with SA Police, which draws on its incredible social media and online reach to engage with more than a million people every week and encourage people to contact Crime Stoppers,”’ Ms Hanlon said.
“We are also experienced strong signs of growth in the numbers of phone contacts last year, with an average of 1700 calls to the hotline every month,” Ms Hanlon said.
Other 2014 highlights included:
· Seizure of 1417 cannabis plants and 242kg of dried cannabis
· 3 clandestine labs discovered and shut down
· Additional seizures of 1425 Ecstasy tabs and 1067 grams of meth-amphetamine
· 89 firearms
· Cash to the value of $803,675
Ms Hanlon said these results reinforced that the CrimeStoppers SA program remains a highly-successful intelligence gathering and crime solving program which links the community, media and SA Police.
“People can have confidence that contacting Crime Stoppers offers them a 24/7 secure way to provide information about illegal activity and unsolved crimes through a toll-free hotline and a website that guarantee anonymity with the option of a reward,” Ms Hanlon said.
“We have seen murders, serious robberies, major arson incidents, fraud and drug dealing crimes successfully solved since the Crime Stoppers program, and National Crime Stoppers Day is our opportunity to thank the public for helping to achieve these outstanding results and making the community safer,” she said.
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