Crime Stoppers SA notches up 35,000 crimes solved in South Australia
Posted on 24/11/2021
November 2021 marks 35,000 crimes solved thanks to Crime Stoppers in South Australia.
In acknowledging the significant milestone, Crime Stoppers SA CEO, Nigel Smart, paid tribute to the many thousands of people who continue to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activities every year, without needing to say who they are or get involved.
“Achieving 35,000 crimes solved should be celebrated by the entire community, as well as police who assess the information we receive and do follow-up investigations as needed, identify criminals and ultimately charge them with an array of crimes that have included serious assault, arson, robbery, murder and more,” Mr Smart said.
“Since Crime Stoppers first started in South Australia on 8 July 1996 it has gone from strength to strength and has now helped to catch nearly 23,000 criminals and solve some of SA’s most heinous crimes,” he said.
“Even the most insignificant piece of information can make a big difference, which is why we continue to see an average of 25 crimes solved every week as a direct result of members of the public choosing to anonymously share what they know or suspect with us. Crime Stoppers SA is well-positioned to build on that success thanks to our long-standing supporters, SA Police, Police Credit Union, 9 News Adelaide, and commitment from the State and Federal governments.”
The Crime Stoppers concept – originally developed in the US in 1976 to solve a robbery-murder – offers people a way to share as much as they want without the need to leave personal details if they choose not to. Calls to the hotline are not traced and IP addresses aren’t stored when using the website to submit a tip.
The 35,000 crimes solved achievement comes as the independent not-for-profit celebrates it’s 25-year anniversary this year. With interstate travel resuming and borders re-opening the Crime Stoppers Australia National Board will hold its final meeting of the year in Adelaide on 25-26 November to mark the milestone. The 2-day meeting will include an evening cocktail function hosted at Parliament House by Police Minister Vincent Tarzia MP.
Police Minister Vincent Tarzia MP said the Marshall Liberal Government proudly backs Crime Stoppers SA with more than $800,000 to stamp out criminal activity.
“Tips to Crime Stoppers SA achieve remarkable results and cold case breakthroughs, helping SAPOL boost community safety on a daily basis,” Minister Tarzia said.
“Our financial support for Crime Stoppers SA is a no brainer because it’s an investment in the safety and security of every South Australian.
“Many criminals have been caught and our streets are safer because of the crucial organisation. We look forward to watching Crime Stoppers SA continue jumping strength-to-strength.”
Anyone with information about unsolved crime and suspicious activity can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestopperssa.com.au