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Crime Stoppers SA strikes new crime-fighting partnership with Channel 9 Adelaide

Posted on 20/05/2015

Crime Stoppers South Australia has announced an exciting 3-year renewal of its major partnership with Channel 9 Adelaide.

Crime Stoppers SA (CSSA) Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said the deal reinforces Channel 9 as its major media partner and provides greater surety to the crime-fighting program that has helped solve some of SA’s most serious crimes.

“The basic concept behind the Crime Stoppers program is to engage the community and seek their help, and this agreement with Channel 9 enables us to tap into their extensive viewer base as a critical component in achieving ongoing success,” Ms Hanlon said.

“Unsolved crime segments and community service announcements on Channel 9 will provide almost $1m in television exposure every year, and viewers will be able to watch dedicated weekly segments and special feature documentaries,” she said.

“We have seen murders, serious robberies, major arson incidents, fraud and serious drug dealing crimes successfully solved since the program began, and these results have been achieved by Crime Stoppers SA working with media, SA Police, and the community to pull together pieces of information to establish a bigger picture,” she said.

Channel 9 Adelaide Managing Director, Mr Sean O’Brien, said the station was proud to be able to offer support to the Crime Stoppers program, and welcomed the opportunity to directly contribute to creating a safer community.

“The entire Channel 9 team recognises the importance of the Crime Stoppers SA program and the difference it makes to the community, and we are committed to doing all we can to encourage people to come forward with information about criminals and criminal activity,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We know that the program delivers outstanding results, and our recent efforts with Nine News re-visiting more than 115 unsolved cold-case murders shows how we can work with SA Police and Crime Stoppers SA to profile these heinous crimes, ask for information to catch those responsible, and help to achieve some degree of closure for the families left behind,” he said.

“Our efforts directly contribute to seeing an average of 25 crimes being solved every week, one apprehension being made for every seven Actions issued, and more than 1800 calls and 200 online reports being received every month.”

In 2014 more than 10,000 information reports were raised for police attention, and resulted in 1500 apprehensions and 1669 offences being successfully solved.

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

Anyone with information about a crime or criminal activities can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or by visiting https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/

The partnership arrangement will also result in Crime Stoppers SA being promoted on the Channel 9 Adelaide website and YouTube channel, news vehicles and Channel 9 events and premises.




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