Crime Stoppers Day 2021 reminds us that not all heroes wear capes!
Posted on 14/05/2021
Your superpower is what you know – which is why a safer community starts with you!
Crime Stoppers Day is held annually across Australia and this year it is on Monday 17th May – with the theme that ‘not all heroes wear capes’ reminding people that everyday Australians can make a real difference to a safer community.
And just like on-screen superheroes go to great lengths to protect their identity, Crime Stoppers adopts that same approach for the many people who make contact every day of the year. That’s why when you call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report you don’t have to say who you are. It also means that you can share what you know without having to make a statement, get involved in any court proceedings or put yourself in harm’s way.
It is an important point of difference, with independent research commissioned by Crime Stoppers showing that one in five people with information about illegal activity believe not having to say who they are encourages them to speak up, while 71% of people say Crime Stoppers is a reporting service they know and trust.
Crime Stoppers programs across Australia receive one tip every two minutes from everyday Australians wanting to help solve or prevent crime just by sharing what they know.
In South Australia, a record number of calls to the Crime Stoppers hotline saw 20,240 answered throughout last year – resulting in an average of about 55 calls received daily along with a daily average of 15 online reports.
A total of eight clandestine labs were located and dismantled during 2020, 15,382 cannabis plants and 704kg of cannabis seized, 250 grams of Amphetamine and 5.3 litres of GHB confiscated. That equates to over 251,760 cannabis street deals (not including plants) and over 2,780 street deals of Amphetamine.
In addition, 34 firearms were seized, 451 people apprehended and 916 charges laid for a range of offences.
Remember that your best crime-fighting weapon is in the palm of your hand – your phone! So be a hero and speak up, and join the everyday Australians that help to solve or prevent crimes just by sharing what they know with Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or going to www.crimestoppers.com.au