During December, Crime Stoppers SA received more than 1800 calls from people wanting to share what they know about unsolved crimes and criminal activity. That information directly led to eight firearms and an array of other dangerous weapons being seized.
Information also saw 39 apprehensions made by police during the month, including 14 men and 6 women being charged with a range of serious crimes that included drug, firearm and stolen property offences.
A local component of the national Dob in a Dealer campaign was launched on the Far West Coast and Copper Coast to engage those local communities and encourage anyone with information about the making, growing or selling of drugs to take a stand and provide information.
We also continued to promote our anti-graffiti campaign in partnership with DPTI, which offers a reward to anyone that can help convict a public transport vandal.
In partnership with Police Credit Union, our annual bushfire arson campaign was launched to put firebugs in the spotlight, and we delivered a personal safety initiative to help people safely navigate the end-of-year party season.
Throughout December we had 1863 calls made to the 1800 333 000 hotline, while more than 360 reports were received through the Crime Stoppers SA website and the Report Suspicious behaviour app.
In addition to 43 specific calls received about firearms, people also provided information on the unsolved suspected murder of David Fletcher in 2004, whose remains were found dumped at a Moonta quarry, the ongoing investigation of a murder at a Para Vista drug house last year, a violent robbery of a jewellery store at the Ingle Farm Shopping Centre on 11 December 2018, fatal road crashes at Gould Creek and Salisbury North, and a hit-run crash at Black Forest involving a truck.
Our weekly crime segments on 9News Adelaide profiled the murder of Rodney Larcombe, who was bashed and killed inside his Warradale home in 2013, the cold case murder of Heather Turner more than 21 years ago and a fatal crash at Paradise, in which an elderly male pedestrian was hit and later died in hospital from his injuries.
Watch these and other weekly crime segments at https://www.youtube.com/user/SIBSACrimeStoppers
Other December 2018 results included:
- 1015 intelligence reports raised, and 878 actions issued for investigation;
- 8 firearms and $26,000 cash seized;
- More than 6,800 people visited the Crime Stoppers SA website, resulting in 22,700 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.