South Australia Police have produced a new scam website located at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/scams-and-cybercrime to make the community more aware of the evolving techniques that scammers are using and adopting. One such scam is where scammers are requesting payment via cryptocurrencies and then spoofing (altering) their caller identification to misrepresent and impersonate police and accountants. Anyone with information about scams or scammers are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, report online or via the App.
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With many South Australians now finalising plans to hop off for an Easter break, Crime Stoppers SA has partnered with Police Credit Union to remind people that a few basic security precautions around the home will help to keep thieves at bay and property protected.
Crime Stoppers SA Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said: “Assuming your home will be safe without taking a few basic precautions is never the best approach. No one wants to spend the long weekend on edge worrying whether a home is a likely target for thieves or return to find that someone has broken into your home and taken treasured possessions.”
Crime Stoppers SA and Police Credit Union recommend the following tips for home owners to consider:
Lock up before you leave
Unlocked windows and doors continue to be the biggest security weakness for many burgled Australian homes. Take time to double-check that all windows and doors are locked, and make sure that sheds, garage doors, and side gates are all locked too.
Consider a home security system
When it comes to choosing a home security system, it can be as simple or as complex as you want. Options range from a basic intruder alarm from a hardware store that covers entry points like windows and doors, through to a security alarm system with motion sensors that protect a home and garage. The tech-savvy might even want to opt for a closed-circuit camera to film any unwelcome guests that can be accessed via a smartphone app that sends an alert when an intruder is detected.
And if you already have a security system, check to make sure it is working properly, and remember to turn it on!
Hide away spare keys
It’s not uncommon for people to leave spare house key tucked under a plant pot or doormat. Unfortunately, thieves know that too – so give a spare key to someone you trust instead. If you have any cars left at home while you’re away, don’t leave the keys in plain sight because it might tempt a thief to make off with your vehicle too.
Install outdoor sensor lights
Because outdoor sensor lights are activated by movement, they are a great way to spotlight any would-be intruder lurking in the shadows. Being illuminated for neighbours and passers-by to see is a sure way to deter burglars – but put sensor lights to the test before heading away.
Arrange mail and newspaper deliveries
Consider asking a trusted neighbour to collect the newspaper while you’re away or suspend it for the long weekend to avoid any pile-ups in your front yard.
Consider light timers
A dark house is a sure-fire giveaway that no one is home, so invest in some light timers to turn your lights on and off at intervals to that lived-in look.
Opt for a house- or pet-sitter
If your four-legged friend isn’t going away with you, consider having a friend or family member stay at your home while you’re away. Not only will they take care of any pets, it is the best way to secure your home against theft because it will still be occupied, and they can collect the mail, pick up newspapers, and put out bins if needed.
Put away any outdoor equipment
While a thief might leave your house contents intact, outdoor belongings can still be stolen – so put away valuable outdoor equipment and furniture, barbecue, sports gear and toys, and bicycles. It is a good idea to lock away any tools or garden implements because an opportunistic thief can use them to smash their way inside.
Make a record
Make an inventory of all your property, with photographs, engravings, marks and any other relevant details. Not only will it make stolen property easier to trace, it can help with any home insurance claim that you might have to make. Consider marking items with your name and/or your driver’s licence number, and remember to record details of a manufacturer, model name or number, and any serial number of your most prized possessions.
More about Crime Stoppers SA can be found https://crimestopperssa.com.au
At about 9.30 pm on Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, a male entered the Five Star Chinese Massage at 34 King William Street, Adelaide and indecently assaulted a female staff member prior to stealing her mobile phone. A short struggle ensured over the mobile phone, during which time the female staff member was again assaulted by the male. The male then fled towards Rundle Mall. The male is described as: early to mid thirties, 170-175 cm (5’7”-5’9”), dark complexion, with short straight dark hair, unshaven, long face with an upturned nose, high cheek bones with sunken cheeks and has a strong body odour. He was wearing a royal blue cap with a white logo, black Adidas track pants with three red stripes down the legs, black hooded jumper or jacket and red and white ASICS sneakers. He was carrying a black backpack and is a smoker. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, report online or via the App.
Between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm on 29 March 2018 unknown person/s gained entry to the victim’s home at Elizabeth South via an unlocked front window and stole his Commonwealth bankcard. The victim was asleep in his bedroom with his phone/wallet next to him. He awoke to find someone had removed his bankcard and his phone from the wallet and had gone through items.
The card was then used for transactions at Smokemart Elizabeth and the Rose & Crown bottleshop Elizabeth.
The suspect is male, late 30’s, approx 170 cm tall, slim build, with short dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a grey and white Slazenger jacket and a white Australian souvenir cap with the tag still on.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by using the Make a Report button at the top of the page. Please quote reference 19-17.
At 3:10 am Christmas Day, 25/12/18, a young female was found lying on Craigmore Road, Blakeview. She had sustained serious fractures and internal injuries. It was initially thought she was the victim of an assault, but it was later established she had been struck by an unknown vehicle which had been travelling east along Craigmore Road, and that the victim had been lying on the road prior to the collision. She was dressed in a sarong type dress at the time. There were no witnesses to the collision, but she was found a short time later by a member of the public. She was taken to the RAH with critical and life threatening injuries. She remained in hospital for several weeks and has since been discharged.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by using the Make a Report button at the top of the page. Please quote reference 19-20.
As one of South Australia’s most successful and trusted not-for-profit charities, Crime Stoppers SA has launched a Go Fund Me page and called for community support to help fight country crime.
Crime Stoppers South Australia chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said this was the first time the crime-solving organisation had turned to a crowd funding solution to help fund one of its state-wide campaigns.
“We rely on and actively seek support from state government and the business community but tightening of our funding position has forced us to consider all avenues to raise funds – and we hope that South Australians recognise the value that comes with the Crime Stoppers program and are generous in their support,” Ms Hanlon said.
“We believe that a regional and rural campaign is of critical importance to every South Australian, whether they live or work in a country area or not. We know that regional and farming communities are already doing it tough and becoming a victim of crime or having crime occur in these tight-knit communities has a major impact on public confidence,” she said.
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) says crime in rural areas is increasing, with farm crime rates at their highest in either highly accessible or very remote areas.
“Livestock theft across SA left farmers $1.2 million out of pocket in 2016/17. In addition, farms have experienced theft of farm machinery, equipment, vehicles, material, tools and spare parts – all of which are needed to stay operational. Adding to the concern, theft of produce, seed and grain– as well as deliberately lit bushfires – can bring farming communities to their knees,” Ms Hanlon said.
“Research shows that farmhouse burglary impacts 17% of all farms. Disturbingly, more than half of farm crime victims are normally affected more than once – reinforcing the urgent need for a targeted crime prevention, detection and reporting strategy to catch those responsible,” she said.
“Notably, patterns of offending suggest a high level of planning and organisation by a small group of repeat offenders who are probably responsible for a significant amount of the higher value losses in terms of livestock and farm equipment.”
According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, crime in rural areas is increasing, with rural and regional crime research indicating that crime rates are greatest in:
- highly accessible areas (close to regional or urban centres) where properties tend to experience theft of farm machinery, vehicles or tools, or burglary; or
- very remote areas, where properties experience the highest levels of livestock theft, illegal hunting and fishing, theft of materials, and illegal dumping of waste.
In line with broader community trends, rural Australia is also impacted by drugs. The 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that rates of methamphetamine use were twice as high in remote or very remote areas compared to major cities.
“Thieves are becoming more organised, going to the effort and trouble of concealing their crime by dismantling and rehanging gates, having dogs debarked, and operating by moonlight in order to avoid the potential for being seen. There have even been reports of thieves stealing sheep for the value of their wool, and then returning a flock after shearing,” Ms Hanlon said.
“People wrongly assume that Crime Stoppers is part of the South Australia Police or already funded by State Government. That is not the case, which is why as an independent not-for-profit charity we need to do all we can to raise funds to cover operational costs and deliver award-winning crime solving and awareness campaigns. We also continue to self-fund our rewards program, with nearly $250,000 paid to members of the community for the information they have provided.”
The Go Fund Me target is $150,000, with 100% of all money received by Crime Stoppers to be directly spent on development and delivery of the campaign across country SA locations.
To make a donation, go to https://www.gofundme.com/crime-stoppers-sa
People can remain anonymous and rewards are available.
Program fast facts:
- Since the program began in SA, more than 32,500 crimes have been solved, and more than 21,000 people apprehended.
- While every second contact to Crime Stoppers is a drug-related matter, people provide information about a broad range of crimes and suspected criminal activity, including murder, arson, fraud, robbery and much more.
- An average of 25 crimes are solved every week as a direct result of information provided to Crime Stoppers.
- In South Australia, one apprehension is made for every seven calls received, and on average about 1780 calls and nearly 400 online reports are received every month.
- 2018 program results: more than 25,000 phone and web reports were received during the year, resulting in 822 apprehensions. In addition to 82 firearms seized during the year, information provided by the community stopped an estimated 80,035 cannabis and 12,227 amphetamine street deals in South Australia.
- An independent report commissioned by Crime Stoppers Australia in 2018 found that the program remains Australia’s most recognised and pre-eminent information reporting service, delivering a return of $11.15 in additional value for every dollar invested. The report also found that 82% of people feel safer knowing the program is in place, and 62% said Crime Stoppers made it more likely they would report information.
February saw nearly 180 calls made to Crime Stoppers SA about drug growing, making and selling activity – reinforcing that the destructive impact of drugs remains a real concern for people in the community.
In addition, 43 calls were about firearms, providing investigators with good leads to follow and resulting in three firearms being located along with an array of other illegal weapons.
People helped to identify a man and woman wanted in relation to a theft in Nuriootpa, and provided valuable information about serious criminal trespass incidents at Surrey Downs, Bellevue Heights, two Wells and Lewiston, a Para Hills chemist robbery, assaults in the city and a robbery at the Gepps Cross Drive In.
Information from the community led to 50 apprehensions during February, including 23 men and 6 women charged with a range of serious offences.
Our weekly crime segments on 9News Adelaide during the month asked for help to solve an aggravated indecent assault at Paralowie, a robbery of a female jogger at Freemont Park at Elizabeth, and a break in at a Fitzroy property where credit cards were stolen and later used. We also partnered with SA Police to encourage people to be safe during ‘Mad March’ celebrations.
Watch these and other weekly crime segments at https://www.youtube.com/user/SIBSACrimeStoppers
Other February 2019 results included:
- More than 2000 calls and nearly 400 online reports received;
- 1027 intelligence reports raised,
- 906 actions issued for investigation;
- 239g of Amphetamine and 200ml of Fantasy GHB seized;
- 163 cannabis plants and 4.2kg of dried cannabis located;
- 7,614 people visited the Crime Stoppers SA website, resulting in 22,44 page views;
If you have any information about criminal activity and unsolved crimes, then don’t forget that you can call our free hotline on 1800 333 000, go to crimestopperssa.com.au or download the free Report Suspicious Behaviour app for iOS and Android phones.
Don’t forget that rewards are available and you can remain anonymous – it’s your choice.
Incidents of road traffic accidents, particularly involving pedestrians and motorcyclists, have increased over the last few months. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to take more care on the roads.
Anyone with information about driving offences, please call the Traffic Hotline on 131 444.
Anyone with information about criminals or criminal activity, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by pressing the Make a Report button at the top of the page.
In 2016, an estimated 40 million people were victims of slavery across the world.
Thursday 14th March is #MyFreedomDay – and gives us all an opportunity to stop and think about what makes you feel free, raise awareness of modern slavery and celebrate freedom.
Please report suspicious activity that could be linked to human trafficking to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or making a report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au
Peter Seaford was the part owner of the Mobil Elliott Service Station at 4/100 Essington Lewis Avenue, Whyalla. At about 4.00 a.m. on Sunday, 12th March, 1989 the Mobil Elliott Service Station was broken into, when an old water pump had been thrown through the front glass door of the service station, which activated an alarm connected to the telephone in Peter Seaford’s unit. He attended the service station and found that it had been broken into. He then rang an associate and requested them to come to the service station with the keys so that he could turn the alarm off, which they did. They then realised that the takings from the service station were at the flat and Peter returned to his flat for a short time. When he returned to the service station the police were there talking with his associate. After speaking with police Peter became aware of a previous unit break at his block that night and he returned home alone to check his unit at about 4.45 am that morning. The associate also returned to the unit a short time later and found Peter Seaford on the floor of his unit with severe head injuries. He died as a result of these injuries. There is unmatched DNA recovered from this scene. ***Major Crime received information from an anonymous caller to Crime Stoppers in February 2019. Major Crime are asking for the caller to contact them or Crime Stoppers as their information is of high importance in this investigation.*** Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, report online or via the App.