Aligned with this week’s National Crime Stoppers Week activities, Crime Stoppers South Australia has bolstered its online crime-fighting arsenal by unveiling a new website and smartphone app.
Officially launched earlier today at Parliament House by CSSA Chair, Sharon Hanlon, and Minister for Police, the Hon. Peter Malinauskas, the new website – located at www.crimestopperssa.com.au – offers visitors an overview of a range of open and unresolved cases, profiles of missing and wanted persons, and featured campaigns.
“Regardless of how people contact Crime Stoppers, they don’t have to leave their personal details. Calls to the 1800 333 000 hotline are not recorded/traced and an IP address isn’t recorded when making an online report,” Ms Hanlon said.
A handy ‘quick exit’ button is also featured on every page, allowing users to leave the page instantly if they feel they are in danger – the only Crime Stoppers program in Australia to have this unique feature.
Also launched today was a Crime Stoppers app, which has been developed as a result of a $152,000 investment from the State Government.
The smartphone app allows members of the public to report suspicious behaviour and provide information on criminals and criminal activity directly to Crime Stoppers SA, upload images and send messages, and access the Crime Stoppers SA website via Android and iOS phones.
“Getting smart on crime is essential to improving community safety and the new Crime Stoppers website and smartphone app means that information can be swiftly passed to police so they can act upon it,” Minister Malinauskas said.
“Crime Stoppers has an incredible track record of working with the community, media and police to help reduce crime. It’s this joint approach to community safety that has such a strong impact.”
Ms Hanlon said that statistics over recent years have shown a growing number of people opting to report information online to help solve some of SA’s most serious crimes.
“We have gone from about 34,000 annual visitors to the website, to now more than 75,000 new visitors in the last twelve months, which is a significant growth pattern,” Ms Hanlon said.
“The development of the app brings South Australia into line with other Crime Stoppers jurisdictions around Australia, and in our 20th anniversary year this was a perfect opportunity to make a significant statement about our use of online and mobile technologies to engage the community,” she said.
“We have seen murders, serious robberies, major arson incidents, fraud and drug dealing crimes successfully solved since the Crime Stoppers program, and the launch of our new website and app during National Crime Stoppers Week is our opportunity to provide the public with handy tools to help make the community safer.”
Crime Stoppers South Australia is an independent community organisation and registered charity which began in 1996, and remains a highly successful program in which the community and media help police to solve crime.
The organisation works with police, the media and the public to help solve and reduce crime, and has solved nearly 30,000 crimes, seen more than $8.8m property recovered and more than 19,000 apprehensions.